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Ireland Porpoise with 'shark like' bite wound washes up on Balbriggan beach

12:11  12 june  2018
12:11  12 june  2018 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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There have been previous incidents where mutilated porpoises have washed up on British beaches with bite marks in their flesh, with experts at the time claiming such injuries were 'almost certainly,' caused by a shark .

a close up of a fish © Credits: Michaela Byrne

A harbour porpoise has washed up on a Dublin beach with "shark like" bite wounds on its side.

The creature was found on Balbriggan beach by local woman Michaela Byrne when she was out walking

a person taking a selfie © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited She was initially shocked by the discovery and described the animal itself as about the size of a small shark.

Michaela said the unfortunate animal was much larger than it looked in the photos.

She told Dublin Live that its injury looked like it came from a large fish, adding: "I think it's a shark bite."

Pictures show a large gash along the side of the animal as it lies face down on the shore.

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A rare spectacled porpoise , which washed up on a Canterbury beach , has been studied at Otago Museum. It concluded the bite wound may have been caused by a shark with other damage inflicted by decay and scavenging birds, Cox said.

The injuries look like they could have been caused by a shark or other large fish or sea creature - possibly a killer whale.

This comes after a number of killer whales have been spotted in the Irish Sea.

a close up of a fish © Credits: Michaela Byrne

Two orcas were spotted by Holly Page, the RSPB and visitors at South Stack near Holyhead on Saturday afternoon.

Ceri Wyn Morris, a marine mammal specialist for Natural Resources Wales, said the sighting was “very exciting”.

“There have been occasional sightings of killer whales in Wales, and it is thought that these individuals are part of a group known as the West Coast Community which are normally seen around the Hebrides in Scotland," she said.

"It is very exciting to see them off North Wales – it goes to show just how special our Welsh waters really are.” 

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There are plenty of sharks in the area, but none of the wounds looked like a shark bite . Dolphins have been known to batter porpoises to death but they do not kill to eat. Foxes prowl the beaches but only at night—these porpoises washed up during the day.

Jake said he had never seen anything like that being washed up on a Cornish beach in all his life. “The wound looks exactly like a shark bite , it’s round and all the dolphins insides are missing.” “We have lots of shocks in this area

Killer whales, or orcas, are the largest of the dolphin family and are considered to be one of the world's most powerful predators.

Experts believe that the pod hunt for marine mammals such as porpoises, dolphins, whales and seals to stay alive.

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But wild killer whales are not considered to be a threat to humans.

Harbour porpoises meanwhile inhabit cold temperate to sub-polar waters of the Northern Hemisphere, usually in continental shelf waters.

a fish in a rocky area: The porpoise had a large bite on its side © Michaela Byrne The porpoise had a large bite on its side Their wide range includes parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Arctic Sea, Black Sea, Baltic Sea and of course the Irish Sea.

Porpoises grow to about 1.9m in length and are frequently seen in shallow bays, estuaries, and tidal channels, rarely at depths greater than 200m.

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