Abby Crosby from Cornwall Wildlife Trust says inshore pods of bottlenose dolphins are rare, and to lose one of the mammals is a disaster. She added that they are very intelligent creatures, and the rest of the pod will keenly feel the loss of the calf.
Eyewitness, Carly Daniels, has described how some boat drivers appeared to be ignoring guidelines aimed at protecting marine animals, shortly before the carcass of a dolphin was spotted in the Camel Estuary near Padstow.
A pod of bottlenose dolphins was surrounded by about 25 small boats on Saturday. The mammals are protected under the Wildlife Act, and it's an offence to harass them. A police investigation is underway.
Conservationists have described the death of a dolphin in a Cornish estuary as a 'massive tragedy'. The calf is believed to have been hit by a boat in the water. Abby Crosby from Cornwall Wildlife Trust says boat owners rushed to the scene to try to catch a glimpse of the pod.
I can confirm that a bottlenose dolphin was killed - how and why I don't know. It's a massive tragedy. I think some speedboat owners were very excited to see them. I understand it was not a deliberate act but an accident but we need to educate power boat owners. These dolphins are protected by the Wildlife Act.
Police are investigating after a young dolphin was apparently mown down and killed by boat users in the Camel Estuary in Cornwall. It was part of a rare pod of inshore bottlenose dolphins. It is reported excited powerboat and speedboat users raced to the scene to catch a glimpse of the pod. i