A PORPOISE which was found washed up on Brean beach died of 'several injuries', BARB Search and Rescue has confirmed.

BARB's fully trained marine mammal medics were called to Brean beach at 11.48am on Thursday (September 5) to a report of a porpoise washed up on the tideline.

The medics drove to the scene and found a young male porpoise which had suffered several injuries.

After a full check, medics confirmed that the porpoise had sadly died.

A spokesman for BARB, said: "BARB’s Marine Mammal Medic team have a full range of specialised equipment and have undertaken extensive training to help porpoise and dolphins along our coastline when required. Sadly, it wasn’t needed this time.

"We updated our colleagues at British Divers Marine Life Rescue and HM Coastguard with full details of the mammal so that they could log these into the central UK database."