Dead dolphin found on Exmouth beach

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 January 2018

Orcombe Point at the end of Exmouth seafront. Picture: Simon Horn

Orcombe Point at the end of Exmouth seafront. Picture: Simon Horn

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The dead body of a dolphin was found on a section of Exmouth beach last week.

The body of a dolphin was found on Exmouth beach on Sunday (January 7).

Exmouth Coastguard was

called out to a section of beach near Orcombe Point at around 2.15pm.

The coastguard rescue team responded and found the body of a female porpoise lying against the cliff.

It is believed that the dolphin had sustained injuries to its jaw.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said the already-deceased dolphin was above the high water mark, meaning the animal, which is classed as a royal fish, had to be handled by the national Receiver of Wreck.

Exmouth Coastguard confirmed that measurements and photos were taken for the Natural History Museum.

A spokesman for Exmouth Coastguard said it was a ‘sad end for what looked like a healthy beautiful animal’.

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