A walker was surprised to find what looked like a dolphin washed up on Eastbourne beach.
They had been walking along the promenade when they saw a seal-sized animal on the pebbles which was unfortunately dead.
But how had it got there? Another member of the public, Natasha Bailey, said it was found floating in the water by her fisherman boyfriend.
She said, “Last Wednesday he saw something floating in the water by the Pavilion Tea rooms.
“He thought it was a swan and put his line out to see what it was. He saw it was a dead dolphin.”
After he brought the animal to shore, Natasha said she had reported it to a number of authorities but the body was still on the beach on Friday.
She said, “It had marks on it from nets, so we believe it had drowned.”
A spokesperson for the British Divers Marine life Rescue (BDMLR) said, “From the photo I would say it’s a harbour porpoise, they are the most common ones to get washed up along that stretch of coast and it’s the right colour and size.
“With regards to whether toxic gas could have been a cause of death, it’s not something I could comment on, however it looks like it’s been dead for a while so probably unrelated.”
For more information about BDMLR, the charity which rescues marine animals, visit www.bdmlr.org.uk