Porpoise rescued!

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Harbour porpoise helped back out to sea by RSPCA and coastguard

This harbour porpoise got lost and ended up stranded in shallow water in Scarborough Harbour last week.

Staff at Scarborough Sealife Centre saw him in trouble and called us. RSPCA Inspector Claire Little called the coastguard, who sent a lifeboat to help with the rescue!

Stretcher needed!

The lifeboat crew were able to collect the porpoise using a stretcher, then Claire did a health check to make sure he didn’t have any injuries or illnesses.

“Luckily this porpoise, who was over a metre long, appeared to be healthy,” says Claire. “The lifeboat team took him back out to sea and released him around three miles off shore.

Team effort

“I’d like to say a big thank you to the coastguard, Scarborough Sealife Centre, Scarborough lifeboat team and Scarborough Sea Cadets! They all helped monitor the porpoise and were willing to help when needed.

“Hopefully this little guy just got a little lost and will now be happy to be back at sea where he belongs.

Marine animals such as porpoises and seals sometimes venture close to shore and can even swim up rivers in search of food.

They usually manage to find their way back out to sea unless they get stranded or are sick.

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