On page 3 of the Isle of Thanet Gazette (14/01/11) there is a excellent article on the porpoise that was found dead at Lousia Bay Broadstairs, something of which is a rare occurrence. Such articles do have a huge interest and most importantly they make good historical references for the future as they can be sourced. Recently, I have moved away from researching local history and focusing on researching the Thanet Coast especially old "finds" that have come ashore in the past, as there are very few records apart from snippets in old editions of the local papers or old photographs.
Some time ago I may have mentioned in a previous posting that I was fortunate to obtain a photocopy of the permanent station record from the Kingsgate coastguard lookout at Broadstairs. Dated from 1924 to 1956 and excluding the records of Second World War period from 1939 to 1945 there is a record of porpoise and dolphin remains being washed ashore at Kingsgate on page 91. Of the five entries four are either heads and jaws including a bottle nose dolphin head, The other entry dated 03/04/1956 records that on that day a five foot common Porpoise was washed ashore in Kingsgate Bay. The Jaw and carcase were sent to the Natural History Museum as requested by telegram and a honorarium of 15 shillings was paid.
The Thanet coastline does have a habit of turning up all sorts of things and as all beachcombers around the world can confirm, nothing can be found to order or off the shelf.
The next three months are perhaps the most interesting period on the Thanet Coast for finding the interesting and the unusual and all I can say is watch this space.