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