2010 Incident #14 06.04.10 0914UTC #1099

The Initial Response Team ‘IRT’ was called to investigate reports of a dead juvenile porpoise on the main beach in Lyme Regis.  Porpoises, dolphins, whales and sturgeon are known as ‘Royal Fish’, and when beached, the Queen can claim ownership.  The Receiver of Wreck, part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, has responsibility for the administration of this function, officially “Royal Prerogative for Fishes Royal”.  The Receiver’s particular involvement is with the removal and disposal of dead or stranded Royal Fish on Crown or public land.  It is also their job to ensure that information on the stranded animal is transmitted to the Natural History Museum, who undertakes research into causes of the animal’s death.  The carcass of this porpoise was safely removed after the incident was reported to the Natural History Museum.

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