Walkers discover dead porpoise on Burnham beach

Angela Gardner with the dead porpoise

Angela Gardner with the dead porpoise

First published in Local News

Two people strolling along the beach at Burnham Marshes stumbled across a dead porpoise.

Friends Jon Greaves and Angela Gardner, both from Southminster, found the carcass of the Harbour porpoise on the beach on April 3.

Mr Greaves believes the porpoise they found was about two or three years old because it was only four feet long.

He said: “I guess anyone would be sad to find a dead whale of any type and we certainly were.

“Porpoises are quite rare around this part of England.”

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12:11pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Hawthorne says...

* He said: “I guess anyone would be sad to find a dead whale of any type and we certainly were. " *
Is that your 'sad' face then?
* He said: “I guess anyone would be sad to find a dead whale of any type and we certainly were. " * Is that your 'sad' face then? Hawthorne
  • Score: 12

3:25pm Wed 16 Apr 14

emmaw7 says...

2 things:

1. Porpoise most certainly aren't rare around the coast of Essex, there's lots of them out there!

2. If you find a stranded or dead porpoise, dolphin or whale please report it to BDMLR immediately on 01825 765546 (office hours) or 07787 433412 (any other time). They will then get trained volunteers out to either record & collect the dead animal for the Natural History Museum/ZSL or set up a rescue of the stranded animal.

Cheers :-)
2 things: 1. Porpoise most certainly aren't rare around the coast of Essex, there's lots of them out there! 2. If you find a stranded or dead porpoise, dolphin or whale please report it to BDMLR immediately on 01825 765546 (office hours) or 07787 433412 (any other time). They will then get trained volunteers out to either record & collect the dead animal for the Natural History Museum/ZSL or set up a rescue of the stranded animal. Cheers :-) emmaw7
  • Score: 7

9:40am Thu 17 Apr 14

Greavesey says...

I was the person who took the photo and asked her to get into it for size comparison. In hindsight I now accept that asking her to smile may not have been the brightest move on my part. It was an innocent oversight not meant to cause any offence. We are both avid wildlife enthusiasts and often go out on nature walks, we were obviously saddened by the discovery but also fascinated at seeing something like that up so close. Perhaps they are quite common but you don't often see them. It was my mistake to ask her to smile, please don't blame her, my apologies if this looked out of place.
I was the person who took the photo and asked her to get into it for size comparison. In hindsight I now accept that asking her to smile may not have been the brightest move on my part. It was an innocent oversight not meant to cause any offence. We are both avid wildlife enthusiasts and often go out on nature walks, we were obviously saddened by the discovery but also fascinated at seeing something like that up so close. Perhaps they are quite common but you don't often see them. It was my mistake to ask her to smile, please don't blame her, my apologies if this looked out of place. Greavesey
  • Score: 5

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