Support our Nation today - please donate here

Police appeal after beheaded porpoise found washed up on Welsh coast

16 Feb 2024 1 minute read
Harbour porpoise

The Rural Crime Team is appealing for information after a porpoise was found headless washed up on a Welsh beach.

The carcass washed up in the in Aberffraw Bay, Anglesea last week and was reported to the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme.

On Sunday, February 11th, officers received a report the carcass’ head had been removed.

Officers have since recovered an object that is suspected to have been used in the incident.


In north Wales, harbour porpoises can be seen all year round and are affectionately known as “puffing pigs”, due to the explosive noise they make whilst surfacing to breathe.

They are usually very shy and will avoid boats and jet skis.

PC Amy Bennett of the Rural Crime Team said: “This is a disturbing incident and an offence under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017.

“Anyone with information, or anyone who witnessed the incident, is asked to make contact with us, either by calling 101, or via the website, using reference number Q020184.”

Support our Nation today

For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 month ago

Most likely that someone has cut the head off the porpoise that was washed up dead in order to get its skull for themselves or to sell to collectors of skulls.

Ebay has hundreds of animal skulls of other species listed.
Anyone interested in a mouse skull for £9.99 plus £3 postage. Twenty six watching!

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

Also washed up on a ‘Welsh’ beach is an art-installation last seen on a New York beach in 1978…The photograph of which is most evocative is in the Guardian…

Last edited 1 month ago by Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

This looked like Smiles and Vaughan had had a Scottish themed trial of strength in the tree-planting discipline as favoured by the Bay royalty…the first made for an iconic photo…

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.