Hundreds of dead lobsters, starfish and crabs found washed ashore in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Coastguards at Littlehampton have now found five dolphins and porpoises along the shores of West Sussex and others have been discovered in Dorset and Cornwall.
Marine experts say the huge waves pounding the beaches have taken a terrible toll because it forced ‘food’ such as sand eels and sprats to seek shelter far out to sea where the dolphins could not catch them.
In the latest find, a male striped dolphin almost seven feet long was spotted lying dead on the beach in Felpham.
Just hours earlier, a young male harbour porpoise, less than 4ft long, was found on the beach at Rustington.
A coastguard spokesman said today: “Residents are advised if they do come across deceased animals on the beach not to touch them as they can harbour harmful bacteria.
“Any dolphins or porpoises should be reported to the coastguard with information passed on to the Natural History Museum which can help identify if there are any environmental factors affecting marine wildlife.
“This winter, marine biologists have seen scores of unusual creatures washed up along the county’s shoreline including dolphins, porpoises, turtles, lobsters, goose barnacles, long-spined sea scorpions, puffins, starfish and whelk eggs.”
Thousands of puffins and other seabirds have also been found dead along the coast following the severe weather.