The following has been taken from the Marine Discovery Centre, Penzance Facebook Page.
I have just had some terrible news from the North Coast. The bottlenose dolphin pod was in Padstow this afternoon, (July 20th 2013), and they were surrounded by about 25 boats. One of the dolphins has been run down and killed. I can’t believe it. Would people be so stupid as to drive their cars around children who are playing? Of course they wouldn’t. So why on earth do people carry on like this around dolphins? We’re hoping to goodness it wasn’t one of the breeding females (though any loss in a pod this size could have serious implications for its viability), and will be trying to find out some more details.
This incident happened off Daymer Bay at around 1600hrs and if anyone can confirm or witnessed this crime please contact the police on 101 and ask for the wildlife crimes officer, quoting log number 399 210713 or telephone 0345 2012626 if the carcass is found.
A £2,000 reward has been put forward by marine conservation charity Sea Shepherd UK.
A representative from the charity said: “Sea Shepherd UK together with Bob Archell’s Dive Master Insurance is offering a reward totalling £2,000 for information leading to an arrest and successful conviction of the persons responsible for the suspected killing of a young Bottlenose dolphin yesterday.”
The Cornish Guardian has published a story here.