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16 March 2008

Mutilated Dolphins Washing Up On UK Coasts

The UK Telegraph.co.uk reports that an increasing number of mutilated dolphins are washing up dead on British coasts, conservationists have warned.

The corpses of 29 dolphins and porpoises have been found on the beaches of south-west England since the beginning of the year, compared with 80 for the whole of 2007

The paper reports further that some of the dolphins bellies have been sliced open after death to try to make them sink. Others have had their tails amputated to free them from the nets, or have sustained deep cuts on their beaks and bodies from the fine threads. Ten recent "strandings" occurred in a 10-day period, including three on Cornwalls south coast.

=WDCS has been campaigning to tackle the issue of bycatch.

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