Bottle Nosed Dolphin washed up on Ainsdale Beach

9th December 2017

In the wild conditions of Storm Caroline it is hardly surprising that large amounts of tidal debris are washing up along the Sefton coast at the moment.

Sefton Coast Landscape Parnership team said:

“Thanks to Ken Baker then, who alerted us to the body of this long dead cetacean.”

“The carcass lies on the beach at Ainsdale and arrangements have been made for its removal by Sefton’s coast and countryside team.”

“Approximately ten feet long, it is difficult to identify which species it was, as it is in such a bad state.”

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“There is some suggestion of dark upperparts and paler belly, and examination of the mandibles reveals rows of small teeth on each jaw.”

“Possibly a Bottle Nosed Dolphin, possibly something else.

“We’ll be able to get a better idea of the species once a tractor takes it off the beach.

“A sad end to such a fine animal, but clearly it has been dead for a long time, and the corpse may have travelled great distances in ocean currents during the recent storms.”

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