On the 14th August, a baby common dolphin stranded in Gunwalloe on the Lizard peninsula and was recorded by Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Stranding Network (MSN). A subsequent post-mortem of the dolphin was carried out by a veterinary pathologist as part of the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Progamme in which MSN is a partner. The report shared with Cornwall Wildlife Trust on Monday 14th September determined that the cause of death was head trauma, most likely caused by boat strike.
The death came during a period in which the Trust and the Cornwall Marine and Coastal Code Group (a partnership of organisations tackling the issue of marine wildlife disturbance) was receiving extremely high levels of disturbance reports from the public. Use of marine vessels such as RIBS, jet skis and Stand Up Paddleboards near marine life is harassing and chasing dolphins away from their territory and away from Cornish coastline.