Dolphin which washed up dead on Norfolk beach had glove in stomach 

Dolphin which washed up dead on Norfolk beach had rubber glove in its stomach

  • The Risso was found dead on Great Yarmouth Beach after it became stranded
  • Marine biologists live Tweeted the three-and-a-half hour dissection of dolphin  
  • It revealed that the thumb of a rubber glove had passed through the Risso 

A Risso dolphin found dead on a British beach had ingested part of a rubber glove before dying due to a lack of nutrition.

It washed up on Great Yarmouth Beach in Norfolk one week ago and today the results of post-mortem testing were made public.

The young male had stopped feeding, but dissection leader Rob Deaville discovered the thumb of a glove in its stomach. 

The Risso dolphin – pictured – washed up on Great Yarmouth Beach after it became stranded and died 

This piece of glove was found inside the dolphin after it washed up on the beach in Norfolk

He said the item was ‘interesting but incidental’, with the BBC reporting that it was not a causal factor in the death. 

The marine biologist said ‘poor nutritional condition’ was ‘the most significant factor’.

The dolphin was thin when it was discovered after it died due to a lack of nutrition when it became stranded 

The dolphin was left thin after it lost muscle mass, with Mr Deaville concluding it probably died after becoming stranded.  

This is the 241st Risso dolphin to have become stranded in the UK since records began in 1990. 

The marine biologists found that the Rossi dolphin had ingested a piece of glove but said that it wasn’t that which killed it 

The dolphins are typically seen in large groups but this one was washed up when it became stranded 

The Zoological Society of London Science live-tweeted all three hours and 30 minutes of the dissection on Thursday.

Images from the footage showed a build-up of blood in the lungs, confirming that the dolphin died as a result of being stranded. 

Rissos are generally found in groups as big as 50 and prefer deep waters but are found in a variety of temperatures. 


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