Mass marine death along North Sea coast

Tuesday 6th March 2018

Razor clams stranded at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes (Matt Blissett)Razor clams stranded at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes (Matt Blissett)

Following reports in the news about the stranding of thousands of marine animals on the Yorkshire coast, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is sad to confirm that there has also been large scale strandings at Gibraltar Point and Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserves.

Similar scenes have been reported elsewhere on the North Sea coast including Norfolk and Kent.

Tens of thousands of animals washed up on the beaches following the cold temperatures and rough weather over the last week. Most of the animals are now dead and, in Lincolnshire, include large numbers of razor clams, starfish and sunstars as well as crabs and fish such as this thornback ray photographed at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve (photo: Matt Blissett).

Bex Lynam, North Sea Marine Advocacy Officer based with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said:
“There was a three degree drop in sea temperature last week which will have caused animals to hunker down and reduce their activity levels. This makes them vulnerable to rough seas – they became dislodged by large waves and washed ashore when the rough weather kicked in. Larger animals such as dolphins are more mobile and can save themselves by swimming away when this sort of thing happens."

Dr Lissa Batey, Senior Living Seas Officer, The Wildlife Trusts, said:
“We can’t prevent natural disasters like this – but we can mitigate against declining marine life and the problems that humans cause by creating enough protected areas at sea and by ensuring that these sites are large enough and close enough to offer fish, crustaceans, dolphins and other marine life the protection they require to withstand natural events such as this.”






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