Dolphins desperately search for the lost member of the capsule who is believed to have been shot
Heartbreaking images show dolphins swimming in a harbor in a desperate search for a missing member of their pack, who is believed to have been shot.
Andy Kyle, 63, found a dead dolphin on Saturday at Kingswear Harbor near Dartmouth, Devon, with witnesses claiming he had two “bullet holes in his head.”
Kyle said he had never seen one washed there before, so he was surprised when, the next day, a herd of ‘at least’ 20 of the mammals was seen in the same place.
Experts say it is “certainly possible” that the dead dolphin was part of the same pack and that they had been looking for their lost friend.
A herd of “at least” 20 dolphins entered Sunday at Kingswear Harbor, near Dartmouth, Devon, a day after another was found dead in the stands.
The locals say the dolphin had two ‘bullet holes in the head’ after being shot. Jonathan Hawkins, 53, a retail merchant and parish councilor in Dartmouth, said the responsible person should be “ashamed” (pictured, the dead dolphin is removed from the port)
And although the search for dolphins was described as “deeply moving”, the locals expressed their shock at the spooky end of their life.
Jonathan Hawkins, 53, a retailer and parish councilor in Dartmouth, said several local people had expressed concern about the incident.
He added: ‘We had several reports to say that a dolphin had been dragged through the stands.
We reported it to the Dartmouth Harbor Authority and it was taken away. We were told that he had been shot, that is what we heard from some sources.
‘A woman said she saw two bullet holes in the dolphin’s head. We have to trust what the residents tell us.
‘If it’s puncture wounds on the head of a dolphin, I can’t think of what else could be besides the gunshot wounds.
‘If someone did that kind of thing to a dolphin, he should be ashamed. We are fortunate to have dolphins in Dartmouth and we should appreciate them. ‘
Andy Kyle, whose house overlooks Kingswear Harbor, said it all started on Saturday at about 2 p.m., when he saw “some activity” in the bleachers that went down to the water (pictured, patrol members from the port find a dead dolphin on the catwalk)
The day after a dolphin was found dead, a large number of mammals were seen swimming in the harbor. Kyle said he usually only sees about one at a time
Kyle said that, in almost 20 years living in the coastal village, he had never seen more than one dolphin in the harbor at any time.
He said: ‘It is a great coincidence that the pack would come only 12 hours after the death of the other dolphin.
It is obvious that the two things are probably connected.
Dolphins are meant to be very intelligent creatures. It is likely that they arrived together at the port on Saturday and lost one of their capsules. ”
Kyle, whose house overlooks Kingswear Harbor, said it all started on Saturday around 2 p.m., when he saw “some activity” in the bleachers that went down to the water.
He said: ‘The local port patrol came and took the dead dolphin in a boat.
“ It was very unusual: in 20 years of living here, I had never seen or heard of a dolphin being dragged.
‘Then, at about 9 a.m. on Sunday, I received a call from a friend saying there was a whole pack of dolphins in the harbor.
“It is unheard of to see a pack of dolphins in the river here,” Andy added.
“Until about four years ago, we had a dolphin that came to visit the port every summer, but I had never seen more than one dolphin.”
The dolphins were seen near the Royal Dart Yacht Club in Kingswear, Devon (pictured). Kyle said the dolphins were in the harbor for almost an hour.
Mr. Kyle stopped to photograph the dolphin’s “playful” behavior for about 45 minutes, before the flock returned to the sea.
He said: “ They spread a fairly large distance from the river, but groups of them kept swimming past the exact step where the dead dolphin was found the day before.
‘To me, the dolphin that died looked like a baby. The idea that they were looking for her again is very sweet. It was very touching. ‘
A spokesman for the Orca charity, which focuses on the protection of whales and dolphins, said Kyle’s theory about the reason for the presence of the dolphin was credible.
They said: ‘It is certainly possible. Dolphins are very social animals and have complicated social structures within their pods, so it is certainly possible that individuals seen near the site of the beached are connected to the individual found stranded. ”