‘Dolphin’ washed up on beach

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A DOG walker was stunned to see what looked like a dolphin corpse washed up on the beach.

Paul Hodgson, 31, discovered the remains of the mammal on the beach at Hartlepool’s Headland, close to the northern end of Marine Drive.

The find comes just three months after Susan Richardson came across a set of dolphin bones at Seaton Carew beach and four weeks prior to this Geoffrey Crane discovered a porpoise’s corpse washed up on the sands near Steetley pier.

Four weeks earlier, Chris Hunt spotted another porpoise just yards away, on North Sands.

Paul, a former undertaker who now works as a regional sales manager for Golden Charter funerals, said: “I spotted it from the top and didn’t know what it was.

“It had a fin on the top and it could have been a shark or a baby whale from where I was standing.

“But when I got closer, it looked like a dolphin, although it could be a porpoise.

“It was getting washed up on the beach and the tide was on it’s way in.”

Paul, who lives in the town centre area of Hartlepool, was walking his pet Labrador, Skeezer, when he came across the unusual find around 1pm last Friday.

He said: “One of its eyes was completely gone, I assume the fishes had got to it.

“It only looked like a baby to me.”

Paul added another man was at the scene, taking photographs of the dolphin.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s ecologist, Ian Bond, appeared in the Mail in January and said there was a small pod of porpoises that live off Parton Rocks at the Headland.