Young dolphin separated from family

| 02/09/2010

 (CNS):  The Department of Environment is hoping that a young dolphin spotted in the waters off Seven Mile Beach this morning is heading back to a family and is not permanently separated from its pod as it is very difficult for young dolphins to survive without family support. The juvenile dolphin was tracked by DoE officials before he took off again. Staff followed the dolphin by boat for several hours, but just after noon the dolphin swam off heading for deep water off North West Point. “We are all very optimistic that it will reunite with its pod,” said DoE Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie.  The MRCU mosquito plane made several turns around the island searching unsuccessfully for the family. (Photo by Niels Schulze-Gattermann)

"Without locating its pod, a young dolphin will be unable to survive alone so we can only hope for the best.”

The DoE regularly tracks and monitors dolphins, whales and other marine mammals as part of its work. It asks anyone that makes a sighting to contact the department about the marine mammal sightings with details of the location as well as pictures where possible.

 

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  1. MonkeySee says:

    Hope for the best with the youngster….better to be free than in the containment pools aka entertainment slavery centers here!!