A new report released by the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) has highlighted that over the last 6 years more than 3400 marine animals came ashore on Britain's beaches. Whales, dolphins and basking sharks were just some of the sea creatures to wash ashore between 2005 and 2010 but a number of turtles were also recorded.
The programme has just been awarded another 3 years of funding from the devolved governments and CSIP is asking for hep from the public so that the programme can continue with its investigations. A new publicity campaign will be launched, including the production of an information leaflet to encourage the public to be the eyes and ears of CSIP.
Rob Deaville, Project Manager of the CSIP says “Without the help of the UK public over the last six years, we would not have been able to investigate strandings effectively. However, some strandings are still going unreported in the UK, so we are launching a new campaign to encourage more people to report stranded animals to us, helping build on our understanding of the threats that these charismatic species may face in UK waters.”
To read the CSIP report click here
To report a live stranding in Wales, please call the RSPCA on 08705 555 999. To report a dead stranding, please contact Marine Environmental Monitoring on 01348 875 000.