Original article from Kent Live
Startling photos of a battered porpoise washed up on Hythe beach have emerged.
The dead fish was found on the beach at Princes Parade yesterday (March 31), having endured a number of shocking injuries.
The body of the porpoise had holes in it, was bleeding and had parts of its scales carved off.
It is thought the death could be caused by supertrawler boats in the channel.
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The marine management unit attended the incident in Hythe to deal with the fish and confirmed there had been several dead proposes found across the boarded in Sussex recently.
At one point, five dead porpoises were found in a month as a result of the giant vessels' presence.
Stephanie Langley, who shared the discovery with KentLive, was shocked at the sight.
She said: "I'm local and seeing that dead porpoise has made me rethink what I'm eating."
Supertrawler boats are equivalent in size to six double-decker buses and drag nets a mile long to bring in tons of fish a day.
These hauls are legal, although worry environmental groups such as the Brighton Dolphin Project who faced the slew of dead porpoises last year.
Project co-lead Thea Taylor said: "One Supertrawler can catch hundreds of tonnes of fish per day, using nets a mile long. The biggest vessel has a carrying capacity of 6400 tonnes.
“Between them, these supertrawlers have not only caught masses of their target fish species but tonnes of fish and marine life that they do not want, including marine mammals."
Supertrawlers have also been known to kill dolphins in the fish hunting process.