Mass Stranding of Dolphins on Cornish Coast

Animal rescue workers from the National Seal Sanctuary, British Divers and other organisations have been battling all day to save the lives of stranded dolphins on the Cornish coast.
A mass stranding of over 20 common dolphins was reported early today (Monday 9th June 2008) at the Roseland Peninsula in south Cornwall.

Sanctuary staff including Animal Care Supervisor Tamara Cooper and Rachael Vine helped successfully re-float two dolphins, but another 22 were already dead.

Another 15 to 20 dolphins spotted heading to shore were successfully diverted back out to sea with the aid of a boat carrying the crew of a regional TV network.
A pod of Dolphins - Photo copyright Simon Bone
Further reports of strandings have been received this afternoon from Helford and Falmouth, and rescuers are on route to both locations.

"No-one knows at this stage what has prompted these dolphins to suddenly strand themselves like this," said sanctuary manager Sarah Vine.

"Our priority at the moment is obviously to get to the sites of any fresh strandings as quickly as possible and get as many dolphins as we can safely back out to sea.

"There will undoubtedly be a detailed investigation including post mortems as soon as the immediate crisis has abated."
Issued by The National Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Sarah Vine on 01326 221361
Press Release date: 9th June 2008

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