REVERE (CBS) — A dead harbor porpoise was found on Revere Beach Saturday morning. It is the seventh harbor porpoise that the New England Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Team handled in Massachusetts this week. Six of them were dead when found. The seventh had been stranded in a salt marsh in Saugus and is doing well at the University of New England’s Marine Animal Rescue Center in Biddeford, Maine.

The Aquarium says all of the porpoises found were yearlings that were underweight and had probably just been weaned from their mothers in the early winter. This leaves it up to them for forage for food through the winter.

Harbor porpoise are not new to the Boston area. They often visit during the winter and spring and while often found in the marshes and harbors, sometimes are found near the oil tank farms of Chelsea Creek and the South Boston seaport area. They like to feed on groundfish including flounder.

The porpoises then migrate to the Gulf of Maine in the spring. About 50,000 to 75,000 of the animals can be found there during the summer where they feed on herring, mackerel, and squid.

Comments (9)
  1. Liz says:

    Yet again I find another error published in an article on this site. Do you guys have editors?

    “The seventh had been stranded in a salt marsh in Saugus and is doing well not at the University of New England’s Marine Animal Rescue Center in Biddeford, Maine.”

    In case you can’t find the error still, it’s when you say, “and is doing well not at…”


    1. profootballwalk says:

      Come back from the edge of the roof – a typo won’t kill you.

    2. wiseone says:

      I agree with you. The written statement would literally mean the mammal would NOT be doing well at the Univ. of New England Marine Animal Rescue Center in Biddeford,ME.. I hope it was a typo and was supposed to be “now” instead of NOT.

  2. coleopter says:

    So how common is it to find dead porpoises washed up on local breaches, and is this happening b/c there is pollution or something wrong with local fish they’re eating?

  3. Sheila says:

    An excellent question to ask regarding those discs!! Although I did find the article hard to read as well as others. These are such beautiful mammals, i don’t believe this is normal and it be nice to hear the follow up on blood tests, and autopsy findings.

  4. Lucy says:

    Are we overfishing? Our oceans are in terrible condition. We need to be much more respectful to the Earth. It’s not ours to abuse. I don’t subscribe to religion. All we receive is a gift and we should treat it as such. It’s ours to borrow and return in better condition than what was given to us. There is no excuse to do otherwise. It’s just human laziness and rudeness.

  5. Bobbi says:

    We just found a yearling porpoise/dolphin on the beach an hour ago on the beach in Ogunquit, Maine. My husband tried to put it back in the water and although it swam parallel to the beach, it ended back up on the shore. It was in good shape overall but seemed tired. The lifeguard kept his hands on it gently to calm it (and it worked) while I blocked its eyes from seeing the crowd that gathered. But it seems the lifeguards have been waiting for almost an hour for animal rescue/control teams to arrive. I just hope they aren’t too late… what a beautiful creature!