Warning – graphic images of dolphins washed up in South Devon
(Image: Dave Bailey)
The remains of ten dolphins have been washed up on one South Devon beach in recent weeks.
Eco campaigners believe it may be linked to a recent rise in numbers of the huge European factory ships fishing in the English Channel and they have welcomed intervention today by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) which now appears to be closely tracking the giant trawlers.
The dead dolphins have been washed up at Lannacombe Beach. The only visible wounds were from predators after death, suggesting the animals had starved of oxygen after being trapped in trawler nets.
The 260ft-long boats – 10 times the size of a standard British fishing vessel – are said to leave a wake of devastation in their path, with dead short-beaked common dolphins and porpoises washing up down wind, according to the campaigning Blue Planet Society.
Retired police detective Dave Bailey, who volunteers with Dartmouth Coastguard Search and Rescue, has photographed 10 dead common dolphins and porpoises in the last six weeks.
Dave said: “I’m still finding dead dolphins on the beaches, such a shame. One of these was a 6ft plus adult of breeding size. If it is down to the Huge Pelagic Trawlers working off the coast I hope a way can be found to stop the unnecessary slaughter.”
John Hourston, 53, a volunteer at the Blue Planet Society for the last 10 years, said: “This is a new problem and we need to get to grips with it soon otherwise it will be devastating. Over the last four months we have reported dozens of dead common dolphins. They are washing up daily.
“These are large mammals – if this kind of slaughter was happening on land to any other large mammal the public would not allow it.
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More than a dozen dead dolphins were found washed up on a beach on the northern coast of King Island.
The bodies were reported to the Parks and Wildlife Service several weeks ago but came to public attention when photos were shared on social media by King Islander Anne Marie Sutor-Micic.
Mrs Sutor-Micic said she stumbled upon the carcasses last weekend while walking on the remote coastline between Disappointment Bay and Three Sisters.
“We went for a fish with my husband and our daughter and we saw these dead dolphins on the beach,” she said.
“It’s pretty sad how they were all dead.”
Mrs Sutor-Micic said she counted 15 dead dolphins and a dead seal around two kilometres further along the beach.
“But I’m not really sure. It could be more than 15 because some were already buried under the sand,” she said.
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Six dolphins were found in a state of rotby some fishermen.
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Authorities in the Cape Verde islands are waiting for experts from Spain to help discover why the dolphins washed ashore ( AP )
More than 130 dolphins have died after a mysterious mass stranding on a west African beach.
About 200 melon-headed whales – mid-sized dolphins – were found on a beach at the Cape Verde Islands.
Officials, residents and tourists managed to drag some of the animals back out to sea, but many returned.
Bulldozers buried 136 dead dolphins, local media reported.
Shortly afterwards, off the US east coast, about 26 pilot whales beached themselves on an island off Georgia, leaving 15 dead. It was the species’ second mass stranding along the state’s coast since July.
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File photo of a dead dolphin calf in recent weeks / The Forum of Ceuta
On Tuesday afternoon, Calamocarro beach became the scene of the arrival of three dolphins . Two of them were dead and a third, adult, struggled to beach. Shortly after, CECAM was once again warned of the appearance of two new bodies , this time in Benzú . Thus, five dolphins died today. The Civil Guard has also confirmed that the driver of a jet ski has sighted a sixth dolphin by the Isleros de Santa Catalina. A total of six corpses would appear.
According to sources from CECAM , two of them would have died for alleged suffocation caused by the impossibility of maintaining the buoyancy by cuts in fins and stab wounds all over his body, which will have to check with the necropsy will be performed on Monday.
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40+ #penguins, plus #dolphins, #turtles and #SeaLions found dead on beaches in #SantaCatarina, #Brazil
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In Bombinhas, more than 40 penguins were found dead on Thursday (22), according to the Santos Basin Beaches Monitoring Project (PMP-BS). On the morning of Friday (23), five more animals in Itapema , one in Porto Belo and another in Bombinhas were located by the Anjos do Mar Institute.
In addition to the penguins, dolphins, turtles and sea lions were collected dead by the environmental agencies partners of the PMP-BS, still without balance. The project and the Angels of the Sea Institute state that mortality can be linked to different factors.
“This cause of death for the penguins is more related to a natural cause, that the animals are very thin and debilitated with a large parasite infestation,” explains PMP-BS program coordinator Jeferson Dick.
According to the director of the Anjos do Mar Institute, Marcelo Assumpção Ulysséa, the use of witch networks has also caused the deaths. “Illegal shore fishing nets,” adds the director, who found animals trapped in them.
In Bombinhas, the animals were found in Mariscal, Quatro Ilhas and Canto Grande. Penguins often swim in flocks and are also found dead in groups, in the sea or on the beach sands.
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Thirty-two dolphins and two whales have been found dead off the Tuscan coast since the beginning of the year, the Italian region’s environmental protection agency said Friday.
Autopsies showed many had stopped feeding, suggesting they had been hit by a virus, possibly measles, experts said.
Over just four days at the end of July the bodies of six dolphins were found, the agency’s spokesman Marco Talluri told AFP.
“We analysed the stomachs of eight specimens and found that they were half empty, as if the animals had not eaten for two or three days,” said Italian biologist Cecilia Mancusi, an expert from the ARPAT environmental agency.
The dead cetaceans included bottlenose and stenella dolphins and a sperm whale.
“This could indicate that the dolphins had not been doing well for some time, and that it could be a virus like measles, which caused hundreds of dolphin deaths throughout Italy in 2013,” she was quoted as saying by the Corriere della Sera daily.
Results of tests performed on the carcases were not expected before the end of August.
Gianna Fabi, a researcher at the Institute for Biological Resources and Marine Biotechnology, who studied a similar phenomenon in June with 14 dolphins dying in the Adriatic over three weeks, said the cause was unlikely to be plastics or pollution.
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According to the regional inspectorates for environment and water resources (RIEW) in Burgas and Varna, dead dolphins are becoming less and less. Since the beginning of 2019, the total number of dead dolphins has been 38.
For comparison: during the same period, 41 dolphins died in 2015, in 2016 – 150, in 2017 – 81, and in 2018 – 74.
Three types of dolphins live in the Black Sea – the usual dolphin, mutkur and bottlenose dolphin. They are protected species in accordance with Bulgarian law prohibiting them from harassing, stalking, capturing and killing.
In recent years, the number of dolphins thrown during the summer months has increased significantly (with a peak in July 2016 and August 2015). This phenomenon – the so-called phenomenon of “unusual death event” is observed at the same time along the Turkish coast of the Black Sea and the Italian coast of the Ionian Sea.
In accordance with the Law on Biodiversity, after receiving a signal about a dead dolphin, RIEW experts conduct on-site inspections. On examination, obvious reasons for the death of a mammal and biometric data are accepted. When the probability of human intervention is established as the cause of death of a sample, the prosecutor’s office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs should be notified.
In other cases, the RIEW shall notify the relevant Black Sea municipality in whose territory the dead dolphin is located, of the adoption of measures in accordance with the issued permit.
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In recent days, 5 dolphins jumped to the shores of Crimea, one was saved.
“Of these, three were alive – a white-cask in the Sevastopol region, a baby Azovka in Sudak, bottlenose dolphin in Yalta. Of these three, we managed to help only the little moth. About azovka and bottlenose dolphin we were informed in fact, after a time after the release. Unfortunately, they could not be saved, ”the organization said. Two more, – azovka and bottlenose dolphin – were found dead in the Sevastopol region, noted in the Center for the Study, Rescue and Rehabilitation of Marine Mammals “Tranquil Sea”.
According to the center, since the beginning of the year, 313 emissions of dolphins and porpoises (azovka) have been recorded on the coast of the Crimean peninsula. The leader, as usual, is the Sevastopol district (43.8%), in second place is the Saki region (18.5%). Azovs suffer the most, followed by bottlenose dolphins, emissions of white barrels are recorded less frequently, write “Crimea News”.
According to experts, the statistics for the current year are similar to last year: as of July 20, 2018, 324 dead marine mammals were discovered.
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This is stated in a message on the page “Dolphins of the Azov and Black Seas” on his page on the social network Facebook.
“To date, the findings of 74 dead dolphins have been recorded were thrown onto the shores of Ukraine during this year. The absolute majority of the finds are porpoises. Among the regions in the first place is the shore of the Sea of Azov: emissions are observed everywhere from Kerch to Mariupol,” it says.
According to researchers, among the probable causes of death in the first place is death in fishing nets, but additional research is required.
As Ukrainian News reported, Parliament was proposed to ban captive dolphins and other marine animals.
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