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Dolphin spotted in River Severn

Dolphin sightings that far inland are very rare Credit: Canal & River Trust

A curious dolphin took a day trip to Sharpness in Gloucestershire - spending a day in the port before being guided back out to see.

Staff from the Canal & River Trust spotted the animal, which they say is most likely a bottlenose dolphin, trying to head up the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.

I’ve seen dolphins in the entrance to Sharpness before but never inside, and we had to do everything we could to stop it heading up the canal

– Mike Nash, from the Canal & River Trust

Dolphin sightings that far inland are very rare, and the Trust worked with the local lifeboat service to coax their visitor back to his usual home at sea.

It’s likely that the animal got a bit disoriented following some fish, but as nice a place as Gloucester is to visit, it’s definitely for the best that it didn’t make the trip.

– Laura Mullholland, ecologist at the Canal & River Trust

Dolphin stranded in the River Parrett

A dolphin has become stranded in the River Parrett Credit: Jimmy Hancock

What is thought to be a dolphin or a porpoise has become stranded in the River Parrett in Bridgwater.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue say it got stuck close to the Bristol Channel coastline.

Firefighters launched a rescue effort in conjunction with the RSPCA after being called shortly after 6pm last night.

A DSFR spokesman said: “At this stage it is hoped that with the tide going out that the animal will manage to swim in the right direction back to the sea."

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£2000 reward to find person responsible for dolphin death

Police are investigating reports that a dolphin was killed by a speedboat off the Cornish coast Credit: ITV Westcountry

A £2000 reward has been put up by a conservation charity to find the person responsible for the death of a dolphin off the Cornish coast.

Police are continuing to investigate reports that a young dolphin was hit and killed by a speedboat.

Conservationists claim a pod of bottlenose dolphins was surrounded by about 25 small boats in Daymer Bay in the Camel Estuary near Padstow. A carcass was spotted later.

Eyewitness says boat users ignored safety of dolphins

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.

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Dolphin death an "appalling tragedy"

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.

– Abby Crosby, Marine Conservation Officer, Cornwall Wildlife Trust