10, 2016 Dolphin
passes away after desperate bid to save it on Brean beach
beached dolphin has been put down after a desperate bid to try and
save it at Brean during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday).
male common dolphin was initially washed up alive at nearby Berrow
on Tuesday afternoon when it was guided out to deeper water by BARB
Search & Rescue's marine mammal medics team, helped by two RNLI
lifeguards and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR).
swam away, but beach walkers at Brean later spotted the dolphin
again struggling in the surf during last night's high tide - and
BARB was called back to help at 9pm.
attempts were made to try and save the malnourished, weak mammal
but sadly, after advice from BDMLR and a vet from Burnham's Black
Rock Surgery, it had to be put down.
are gutted and so disappointed - it was a marvellous creature and
such an unusual sight here in the Bristol Channel," said Wayne
Kilgallon, one of several BARB crewmembers who are fully-trained
marine mammal medics. "Everything possible was done to try
and save it."
John Buck from BDMLR told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's very rare
to see dolphins in this part of the Bristol Channel so there was
some suspicion that it had something wrong with it. Unfortunately,
in this case, the dolphin was malnourished and had several small
injuries. It's sad that this one had to be put down but nothing
more could be done to save it."
in the day, when the dolphin was first seen at Berrow, it was hoped
that the mammal was simply disorientated and would not come back
on the next high tide.
being guided out to the deeper water, he swam around us before heading
off," added Wayne.
had been called amid concerns that spectators on the beach may put
themselves at risk by attempting to help.
lifeguards kept the dolphin afloat in shallow water before BARB's
team treated it and guided it into the deeper water.
of the BARB crew are trained and qualified Marine Mammal Medics,
having received full training from the British Divers Marine Life
Rescue (BDMLR), enabling them to oversee porpoise and dolphin strandings
in the area.
porpoises have been washed up and rescued during recent years along
Burnham-On-Sea's coastline but this was the first dolphin for many
Top, the scenes on Brean beach early this morning (photos BARB)
and, above, on Berrow beach on Tuesday afternoon (photo RNLI)
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