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Dead harbour porpoise washes up on Norfolk beach

The dead harbour porpoise at Winterton beach in Norfolk Credit: Simon Wright

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 porpoise was found in between Horsey and Winterton Credit: Simon Wright

The harbour porpoise is one of six species of porpoise and is one of the smallest marine mammals.

The harbour porpoise is one of six species of porpoise Credit: Simon Wright

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