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More dolphins washed up on Sussex coast
More dolphins have washed up on Sussex beaches, joining the storm's death toll for wildlife.
Littlehampton Coastguard has found five dolphins and porpoises along West Sussex beaches following this winter's extreme storms.
It is believed the turbulent waters have driven the creatures' prey into deeper parts of the channel leaving the cetacean mammals to starve.
On Wednesday at just after 6.15pm a male striped dolphin measuring 1.67m long was found on the beach in Felpham.
The discovery came just hours after young male harbour porpoise, less than a metre long was found on the beach at Rustington.
Residents are advised if they do come across deceased animals on the beach not to touch them as they can harbour harmful bacteria.
Any dolphins should be reported to the coastguard with information passed on to the Natural History Museum which can help identify if there are any environmental factors affecting marine wildlife.
This winter, marine biologists have seen scores of unusual creatures washed up along the county’s shoreline including dolphins, porpoises, turtles, lobsters, goose barnacles, long-spined sea scorpions, puffins, starfish and whelk eggs
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