A dolphin washed ashore sometime over night in Brighton.
Elaine Gibson was looking out over the beach from her living room window on the shore around 10 a.m. this morning (Thursday, Aug. 30) when she noticed something unusual.
With her binoculars she saw it was a small sea mammal – a dead Atlantic white-sided dolphin, she later found out.
Gibson grew up on the very beach where the dolphin came ashore, just west of the Marsh Road dyke. Although she lived in Yarmouth for several years she always had a cottage here and returned to live in Brighton full time in 2007.
She says she can’t remember anything like this ever coming ashore here before.
The dolphin is about 2.5 m (8’) long and according to Wikipedia these dolphins weigh around 200 kg (400 lbs).
There are no obvious signs of trauma on the dolphin.
Rod Custance from the Department of Natural Resources came out to see the corpse this morning.
He was hoping the tide might take the dolphin back out to see again. If not, he said staff would probably return with shovels and bury it.
He said that because the fire weather index was back up at high, they were unable to free anyone up for that work this morning.