3, 2015 Photos
& video: Bid to save beached porpoise on Berrow beach
efforts were underway on Berrow beach on Sunday (May 3rd) to try
and save a beached porpoise.
1.5m-long mammal got into difficulty at high tide, and became
stranded on the beach shortly before 7am.
jogger Jason Putterill, pictured right, waded into the
sea to try and encourage the mammal to swim out into deeper water.
was a young, strong porpoise and we did everything possible to
keep it wet and persuade it into the deeper water but it just
kept turning around," he said.
BARB Search & Rescue was called to the scene, along with marine
wildlife experts from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue unit
the tide falling, the rescuers were drawn further down the beach
and there were concerns for the safety of those wading into the
shallow water and mud, prompting Coastguards to call BARB's Light
Of Elizabeth hovercraft to help as a precaution.
hovercraft crew flew out to the BDML team to help them take the
porpoise into deeper water but when the mammal swam again towards
the shore, the wildlife experts decided to fly it back to the
beach for treatment.
porpoise is thought to have suffered an injury to its tail, where
a small amount of blood was spotted.
vet Tilly Ethuin from BDML assessed the mammal and, sadly, the
mammal was put down to prevent any further distress or pain.
Hardy of BDML said: "It seemed to be breathing fine and when
the hovercraft took it out into the deeper water everything looked
good and we hoped it would swim away down the channel, but then
it turned in again and when we saw the blood we had to take the
very difficult decision to euthanise it. It was a sad ending but
it was the best decision for it."
jogger Jason Putterill tried to encourage the porpoise
to the deeper water
The hovercraft flew the marine rescuers and porpoise back to
Tilly Ethuin from BDML assessed the porpoise but sadly
there was nothing more that could be done to save it
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