January 29th, 2016 (Eleanore Perkins). A dead dolphin has been found washed up on the beach in Walmer today.
The creature was discovered by Richard Baker, 71, at around noon when he was taking a stroll near Alexandra Road.
Speaking to KentOnline, he said : “I’d say it’s approximately five foot and weighs over 80 pounds. It’s quite a sizeable fish.”
Mr Baker, of Liverpool Road, said he is aware of a number of dolphins washing up in Cornwall and hopes it is not due to pollution in the English Channel.
He said: “I’m pretty sure it’s a Channel Dolphin. The ones that are being washed up in Cornwall are bottle-nosed, but this isn’t.
Ed Sibylline : it’s a harbour porpoise (Phocœna phocœna)
“It’s dark blue in colour and has a horizontal tail.
“I think it has virtually just happened. There was also some dead dog fish.”
Mr Baker says he has lived in Deal all of his life and has an interest in marine studies.
The coastguard has been informed.
Ed Sibylline : the dolphin seems to be in an opisthotonos posture… Met a similar case, there are a few years ago, in Spain (it was tetanus).