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Marine Medics Issue Plea After Porpoise "Dragged into Sea" in Bridlington

Medics from the British Diver's Marine Life Rescue service say the Cetaceans should be left alone if they are on the beach.

BDMLR say they had a call this morning to a report of a porpoise that a member of public had dragged back in to the sea at Bridlington.

Medics from the rescue organisation say:

"If anyone sees a porpoise, dolphin, whale or even seal on the beach please Do Not drag them back in to the sea.

'Cetaceans' will generally strand for a reason, i.e poor health, escaping predators, caught in tidal surges, family bonds, already dying, etc. While it may seem normal to get them back in the sea, dragging them back out can further and prolong their suffering.

Our specialist equipment is designed for refloating cetaceans after they have had a thorough veterinary assessment to make sure they are suitable candidates for being refloated. Only then will we return one in to the water with support from our Medics to ensure it is the right decision and they return safely. Dragging them along the sand damages their skin and can cause injury to them."

The BDMLR team say:

"If you see a marine mammal on the beach, please advise members of public around you to NOT touch the animal other than to get it upright and do not try to drag it back out. BDMLR will send trained medics to assess and help the animal. Our phone line is open 24/7"

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