Stranded porpoise rescued by Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness
A juvenile harbour porpoise which became stranded on a beach near Skegness has been rescued and released by Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness.
Staff at sanctuary were alerted to the animal on Saturday morning and immediately sent a rescue team out to Wolla Bank, Chapel St Leonards.
A member of the public out for a walk had found the porpoise on the beach and had carried it down to a shallow creek to keep it wet.
The rescue team from Natureland decided, that as the animal seemed to be in good health, they would try an immediate release but when they waded out into the seal and let it go the porpoise got caught by the strong tidal current and was washed ashore again.
The porpoise was then taken back to the seal sanctuary in Skegness and given a temporary home in one of the seal pools.
Natureland director Duncan Yeadon said "After 24 hours of rest and recuperation it was looking good and we decided to attempt another release.
"Fortunately the Skegness RNLI inshore lifeboat was out on a practice exercise and kindly agreed to help.
"The porpoise was carefully loaded onto the boat and taken further out to sea where it was gently lowered over the side and released."