Porpoise beached alive on Texel island

This video is called Harbour Porpoise Species Identification.

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

Porpoise stranded alive – 28 August 2013

In the rolling waves near beach pole 15 on Texel last night a living porpoise was found. Fishermen saw the small toothed whale and called Ecomare. The animal caregivers Saskia and Silke lifted the porpoise out of water. The male was very thin and had a few superficial wounds. It is always stressful and a big rush, but they managed to catch the ferry in time to bring the porpoise quickly to SOS Dolphin on the continent.


Half an hour before midnight the harbor porpoise arrived in the rehabilitation center in Harderwijk. What’s wrong with him must become apparent in the coming days. He is weak and therefore he is continuously supported in the water. Yet he sometimes tries to swim a bit. The porpoise is now getting moisture, fish and medicines to recuperate. The next few days will be critical; but staff and volunteers of the SOS Dolphin Foundation are busy day and night to give the animal all care it needs.

This porpoise is 140cm, weighing about 34 kilogram.

Britain: October 2013. WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation has called on the government to take immediate action after the release of more evidence linking the deaths of large numbers of healthy seals and harbour porpoises to injuries consistent with impact by ducted propellers used by a range of shipping vessels: here.

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    ‘Geregeld spoelen bruinvissen op onze kust aan met verwondingen die vragen oproepen. Zijn ze in een scheepsschroef terecht gekomen, zijn ze terecht gekomen in een vissersnet en losgesneden of… zijn ze aangevallen door een grijze zeehond? Deze vragen houden wetenschappers, vissers en milieuorganisaties, waaronder Stichting De Noordzee, al flink wat jaren bezig. –

    “Grijze zeehond valt bruinvis aan.”


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