British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue

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2006-01-08 14:07:35

Bottlenose dolphin monitored - Maryport, Cumbria

Local Assistant area coordinator, Jenny Watkins, visited Maryport Marina on the 7th January following concerns for a Bottlenose dolphin which has been in the area for a few days.

The dolphin is swimming around in the marina and a large crowd of people have gathered each day to watch him, which the local authorities are concerned about as there is a long drop off the quay side into the water.

Jenny was able to seek assistance from the local sailing club to try and entice the dolphin out of the marina by towing a buoy behaind a boat. This proved unsuccessful but the dolphin with the dolphin interested in the boat but not willing to leave the marina. The attached image suggests it may be in good body condition but without a closer examination/better pics it is impossible to be sure. Further images may be received later today.

Members of the public and boat users are asked to leave the dolphin alone and we, BDMLR, will monitor it with assistance from the local Aquarium owner Mark Vollers. Apparently there is a good amount of fish in the marina.

If this dolphin is healthy and is simply 'visiting' the area he well need to be monitored until he moves on.

Tony Woodley
BDMLR Director