A dead harbour porpoise was found washed up between Winterton and Horsey at the weekend.
It was found by Simon Wright who was walking along the shore.
The harbour porpoise is one of six species of porpoise and is one of the smallest marine mammals.
The sub-adult male was freshly dead when it was found although it did appear malnourished.
Porpoise's and dolphins are usually confused but there are differences between the two.
Porpoise or dolphin?
- Dolphins usually have bigger mouths and more curved dorsal fins
- Porpoises are generally smaller than dolphins and lack the distinctive beak
- Dolphins are more prevalent than porpoises
- Both have many similarities, including extreme intelligence