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VIDEO: Beached dolphin at Falmouth beach is put down by vet

By Jo_Wood  |  Posted: October 03, 2012

  • Dolphin stranded at Falmouth's Gylly Beach. Pic by Ginette Davies

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EFFORTS to rescue a stranded dolphin on a Falmouth beach have failed and the animal has been put down.

The common dolphin was discovered on the shoreline at Gyllyngvase Beach by a walker at about 6.30am this morning.

See a high res gallery of the dolphin stranded on Gylly beach here.

Still fully clothed, she jumped into the water and tried for 45 minutes to re-float it by herself, until passing joggers spotted her and raised the alarm.

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Marine mammal medics were called to the scene, followed by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue and a vet.

See the video below but please be warned some readers may find some of the scenes distressing, due to the nature of its content.

A rescue team tried to re-float the distressed animal for more than half an hour, watched by a crowd of concerned onlookers.

However it made no attempts to swim away and a vet made the decision to put it to sleep.

Mark Milburn from Atlantic Scuba is a mammal medic and was one of the first to arrive.

“By this time the dolphin had been put on the beach and we covered it with towels and kept putting water on it,” he said.

“It is a very sad situation. They are lovely creatures and it is sad to see it go, but everything was done that could be done .”

Dave Jarvis from the rescue team said: “If we had left go of it in the water it would have gone under and drowned.

“The vet assessed it and it was not showing any interest in swimming away. Normally they just take off.”

He believes the animal may have been one spotted at Maenporth last night and said it could have been on the beach all night.

We gave it our best shot,” he said. “It is terrible that we had to do this, we try to give the animal the best outcome. It is emotional.”

He said there was no obvious signs of injury, but the body has been taken away for post mortem.

And although he said the woman intentions were good in trying to re-float it, people should not attempt it.

“If they are stranded it is for a reason and people should call us so we can assess it.”

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  • Phil_lip  |  October 03 2012, 7:24PM

    IF both attempts at trying to re-float the dolphin failed, by the member of the public and the trained team then this is a sad case of a dolphin that had something fataly wrong with it Daeykins. Mark Milburn is right though the people that should be called are either the police who can contact British Divers Marine Life Rescue and other volunteer groups that are highly trained in these situations, or people that use beaches and waterways regularly should save the BDMLR number in their phone. The only thing a general member of the public should be doing is keeping others at a distance till BDMLR or the police are there, especially asking anyone that has a dog to put it on a lead and keeping children away because the animal will be stressed enough and even with good intentions if you aren't trained in how to deal with them more stress can be caused. They can be contacted on: RESCUE HOTLINE: 01825 765546 during office hrs (07787 433412 out of office hrs) They are all volunteers, even the medics and if you wish to support them or get involved follow the link to the website to find out more http://tinyurl.com/6lcauh6 It is poor reporting if the paper doesn't include BDMLR numbers and basic advice in each story they print about stranded marine life.

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  • Daeykins  |  October 03 2012, 3:09PM

    Vets put horses who have broken a leg down all the time why?

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  • Seaem  |  October 03 2012, 11:57AM

    Until after the post mortem, how do we know it was healthy? It is quite possible that it beached itself because it was unwell. Stop accusing vets of putting healthy animals down until you are aware of all the facts. It's very unfair.

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  • Daeykins  |  October 03 2012, 10:42AM

    Why do vets more often than not put healthy animals down?

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