crews called to injured porpoise washed up
porpoise that was washed up on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Saturday
evening (April 14th) has sadly been put down after suffering injuries
from a boat propeller.
of marine mammal medics from BARB Search and Rescue and British
Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were called to the beach half
a mile north of Burnham-On-Sea lighthouse just after 6.38pm, as
and a lady walking a dog had raised the alarm after spotting the
distressed 1.2m female porpoise in shallow sea water.
had suffered a serious injury to its left side and a further two
injuries to its tail.
members of BARB's fully-trained marine mammal medics team fully
assessed it and then safely moved it out of the water before keeping
it wet and calm until a local vet arrived.
Hayes from Burnham-On-Sea's Blackrock Vet surgery, who attended
the incident, said: "The porpoise had sadly been injured in
several places and suffered deep wounds. Putting it down was the
only humane option."
Starks, a BDMLR medic, added: "We believe the injuries were
caused by a propeller and it was clearly suffering. Both the local
vet and BDMLR vet advised that it should be put down to end its
members of the public who had raised the alarm were thanked by the
teams for doing the right thing in seeking help. BARBs volunteers
are on-call 24 hours a day to assist with incidents along our coastline
- call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.