Dead dolphin spotted in Sand Bay

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 January 2018

A dolphin found in Sand Bay. Photograph taken by Mike Kelly.

A dolphin found in Sand Bay. Photograph taken by Mike Kelly.

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The body of a dolphin has been found washed up on Sand Bay beach.

Mike Kelly was walking his dog along the beach on January 18 when he made the unusual discovery.

The animal has been identified as a short-beaked common dolphin by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The charity, which runs beach surveys in the area, said it is the first local report of a common dophin.

Richard Harrington, from MCS, said: “It is a short-beaked common dolphin, a widespread species but which is quite unusual to see in the area.

“It looks very fresh – often they can be badly decomposed by the time they wash up on a beach.

“The Marine Conservation Society has run beach surveys at Sand Bay for 20 years, and I don’t recall having a common dolphin carcass reported there in all that time.”

Strandings of marine mammals should be reported on 0207 9425155.

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