30th January – Maryport dolphin set free
The dolphin, which has been caught in the Maryport harbour was finally captured and taken out to sea today afternoon. It was starting to show some signs of cuts and abrasions and the marina was beginning to freeze, so the BDMLR and two inshore rescue teams – a huge crane, two fire engines, coast guard and the police joined forces to capture and lift the dolphin out of the marina. Members of Silloth inshore RNLI reported that three other dolphins were seen just seven miles north of Maryport. Maybe these dolphins are part of Marra’s group and he will be able to join them!
25th January – Thames whale died of dehydration and kidney failure
The results of the post mortem on the bottlenose whale that swam up the Thames have been published and show that the whale was an immature female of 5.85 metres length, and had suffered severe dehydration as well as muscle damage and kidney failure. It had not fed for some time, and showed no signs of acoustic trauma or gas emboli. It may have entered the North Sea with others, following squid and then lost its way, ending up in the southernmost North Sea where it was unable to find its way back into the Atlantic and instead travelled west up the river Thames.