While out sea kayaking today we sadly came across a dead Risso’s dolphin and so reported it to the authorities. Here in Wales we report such things to Marine Environmental Monitoring. In England and Scotland it’s the Natural History Museum and the SAC Veterinary Services. Together they are funded by DEFRA to run the Cetaceans Stranding Investigation Program, CSIP.
They collect information on the locations, species, size, and condition of the bodies of marine mammals, turtles and basking sharks to try and determine the causes of death. Their collaborated research provides insight into the diseases, health status and threats to these animals. Such a systematic and long term monitoring programme helps the investigation of trends in disease, causes of death and exposure to environmental pollutants largely inaccessible by other methods.
Therefore its important that we report any deaths or strandings of marine mammals to the authorities to help continue this important research. You don't need to be an expert to help identify a stranded animal. Some basic measurements or estimations, observations and photos can be an enormous help in identifying species. If you could also note the location of the body so an autopsy or tissue sample can be collected. For more information on what to do check out this CSIP leaflet.
About the author
About the author
If in doubt, you’ll find him in a sea kayak, surfing the endless waves of the outer race at Anglesey’s South Stack. Famed for its countless swirling currents, cliffs, caves, wildlife and a feeling of seclusion, Anglesey is a natural choice of home for the adventurous sea paddler, and the perfect spot for Phil.