10 dead #dolphins found washed up on a beach in #Devon, #UK – Warning – graphic image
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.
Courtesy of devonlive.com