The report, summarising the work of the vital marine conservation project in Cornwall and available to download off the Trust website, has highlighted an astounding 50% increase in cetacean (dolphins, porpoises and whales) deaths in 2016 compared with 2015.
A total of 205 animals stranded in Cornwall in 2016, compared with only 10 in 2015. Amongst the 205 recorded, 113 were short-beaked common dolphins and 61 were harbour porpoises. Of particular stranding interest in 2016 were both a female sperm whale which stranded and was post mortem on Perran Sands, north Cornwall, in July 2016, and a bottlenose dolphin which stranded on the Isles of Scilly and was recorded on the 30th November 2016. A minke whale also stranded further north at Compass Point near Bude on the 13th July 2016.