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Two porpoises found washed up on Sussex coast

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A porpoise washed up on a Bexhill beach following heavy winds and stormy conditions - making it the second in a week.

The five foot long animal was found dead lying on the shingle of South Cliff beach just before 11am on Saturday.

This comes after dog walkers discovered a decomposing baby porpoise the week before.

A spokesman for Sussex Wildlife Trust said it was impossible to know if the two deaths were linked but Bexhill Coastguard reported that the deaths were likely to be down to the bad weather.

Danny Groves, from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, added: “The large numbers of whales, dolphins and porpoises found dead or stranded around the world's coastlines each year are often helpless, and usually die within a few hours or days if not attended to in the right way.

“Cause of death could be for a number of reasons - old age, illness or due to man-made threats such as injury from boat propellers or entanglement in fishing nets and gear.

“Nets and fishing gear are the biggest killer of whales and dolphins across the globe, causing terrible injury and typically death by suffocation.”

The latest porpoise to be washed up was removed by the council.

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11:05pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Elaine from Hove says...

If you find a stranded marine mammal, please call British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) on the RESCUE HOTLINE: 01825 765546 during office hours Mon to Fri, 9 to 5 or 07787 433412 out of office hours.

The Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) collect a wide range of data on each stranding found on UK shores. In the event that you discover a dead stranded animal, please contact the CSIP hotline on 0800 6520333. Callers are given a number of options to ensure they reach the correct department. You can also use this number to contact BDMLR as there is an option for live animal strandings that transfers directly to BDMLR.

For more information on what to do if you come across a marine mammal on the beach that you are concerned about, please read this information on the BDMLR homepage that gives step by step instructions on what you can do to help.

http://www.bdmlr.org
.uk/index.php?page=s
tranded-animals
If you find a stranded marine mammal, please call British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) on the RESCUE HOTLINE: 01825 765546 during office hours Mon to Fri, 9 to 5 or 07787 433412 out of office hours. The Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) collect a wide range of data on each stranding found on UK shores. In the event that you discover a dead stranded animal, please contact the CSIP hotline on 0800 6520333. Callers are given a number of options to ensure they reach the correct department. You can also use this number to contact BDMLR as there is an option for live animal strandings that transfers directly to BDMLR. For more information on what to do if you come across a marine mammal on the beach that you are concerned about, please read this information on the BDMLR homepage that gives step by step instructions on what you can do to help. http://www.bdmlr.org .uk/index.php?page=s tranded-animals Elaine from Hove
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