Porpoise washed up in Somerset

The body of a baby porpoise has been washed up on Minehead beach

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Baby porpoise washed up on Minehead beach

Porpoise on Minehead beach
Baby porpoise washed up on Minehead beach Credit: ITV News West Country

The Coastguard and Maritime Agency has collected the body of a baby porpoise which was washed up on Minehead beach. Around two hundred dead dolphins and porpoises are found dead on the south west coastline each year. Scientists are keen to find out what is causing the deaths.

The Agency believes most deaths occur after the animals are caught in giant seine nets used by French and Spanish trawlers.

Porpoise in Minehead
Body of porpoise is recovered from Minehead beach Credit: ITV News West Country