A lifeless ‘porpoise’ was discovered on the steps of a beach in Blackpool last week.

At around 8am on Friday (September 22), a dog walker walking along the promenade spotted a sea creature which appears to be a porpoise washed up on the concrete steps.

Samantha Bonney, the member of the public who found the animal, spoke to a council worker nearby who said he would report it to Blackpool Council.

Speaking about the discovery, Samantha said: “I've been walking on this prom for 47 years and I’ve never seen anything like this before.

“It was on the concrete steps from the beach just opposite the Big One rollercoaster at the Pleasure Beach.

“It wasn’t moving or making any noises. I’ve never seen anything like it before so I put it on the (Blackpool Community Chat) Facebook group as I was interested how it even got there.”

A Blackpool Council spokesperson said: “ On Friday morning, we sadly received a report of a dead porpoise on the promenade.

“As with all findings of this nature, it was removed and reported to UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme.”

This isn’t the first time a sea creature from the Irish Sea has been washed up on the beach and porpoises have been spotted on promenades multiple times over the past years along the Fylde coast.

In August 2021, a dead porpoise was washed up on Cleveleys beach and a year later a dead sheep was found on the promenade just a few miles further.

After Samantha posted the photos of the porpoise on Facebook, a concerned Blackpool resident shared his thoughts, writing: “Marine mammals that get washed up upon our shores, is a very bad sign of matters to descend upon this country!

“They are being pushed away from normally calmer waters, by severe oceanic disruption, to end up here in the first place.

"Such disruption will, inevitably, show itself in atmospheric disruption.”