Dolphin found dead near River Parrett

The dolphin-like creature

Rod Hamblin with the animal

The body of a calf was also washed up

First published in News Exclusive by

NEIGHBOURS near the River Parrett were shocked to discover a dead dolphin had washed up on its banks this afternoon (September 17).

Helen Hamblin, of Bristol Road, was alerted by her neighbour who had spotted the poor creature around lunchtime.

Helen told the Mercury: “It must have come up on the morning tide. It sounds bizarre, but it’s now been joined by a dead calf.

“At the bottom of our garden is the river bank and we could see it just laying there. It had injuries which suggested it must have been hit by something.”

Helen and her husband Rod say they are not sure if the mammal is a dolphin or porpoise but think it will be carried away on the next tide.

“We’ve seen dead cows and sheep washed up there before and the tide takes them off,” said Helen. “I think there was a live dolphin in the Parrett a few years ago.”

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11:15pm Mon 17 Sep 12

bbunny_isl says...

Do you think he swam up there on porpoise?
Do you think he swam up there on porpoise? bbunny_isl
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10:37am Tue 18 Sep 12

RustyKnight says...

Can't believe the headline, surely it should read "Dolpin found dead IN River Parrett".

"Doliphin-like creature", its a mammal the same as the cow, suprised that didn't have "cow-like" creature as well.
Can't believe the headline, surely it should read "Dolpin found dead IN River Parrett". "Doliphin-like creature", its a mammal the same as the cow, suprised that didn't have "cow-like" creature as well. RustyKnight
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7:57am Sat 22 Sep 12

rope,tape & string. says...

perhaps it was heading to the council office postbox to join the mackerel
perhaps it was heading to the council office postbox to join the mackerel rope,tape & string.
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