Help needed to monitor injured dolphin
Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula is asking the community to assist with monitoring an injured dolphin, freed from an entanglement of heavy duty fishing line last week. Shack owners first reported sightings of the adult bottlenose dolphin in Kellidie Bay, within the Thorny Passage Marine Park.
Shack owners first reported sightings of the adult bottlenose dolphin in Kellidie Bay, within the Thorny Passage Marine Park.
Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula District Manager, Peter Wilkins said observations the shack owners passed on to the National Parks Duty Ranger were vital.
“The great observations from the community, which included details of exactly where the dolphin was, patterns in its movement around the bay, and the level of entanglement, meant we were able to quickly locate, capture and free the animal,” Mr Wilkins said.
“It then took less than two minutes to cut the fishing line and free the animal.”
Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula will continue to monitor the dolphin and ask the community to assist by reporting any sightings.
“The dolphin can be identified by a distinctive notch in its dorsal fin where the fishing line cut through,” Mr Wilkins said.
“The dolphin had a 50 pound braid fishing line, with hooks and sinker still attached, wrapped from its dorsal fin to its tail, which resulted in it not being able to move its tail to swim,” Ms Harrison said.
Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula worked with Dr Cath Kemper of the South Australian Museum, Dr Mike Bossley of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, Lincoln Veterinary Centre and PIRSA Fisheries to free the dolphin and would like to thank the shack owners for their attentiveness and reporting.
Please report any sightings of the injured dolphin to the Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula office on 08 8688 3111.