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


2006-04-21 13:59:19

Injured Common dolphin monitored - Orkney

20th April
I am presently monitoring a Common Dolphin in the small ship basin of Kirkwall harbour Orkney. As you can see there seems to be, from what I can predict, the aftermath of a ghastly wound on the area between dorsal and blowhole. At present the dolphin is acting quite normal in the enclosed area and a decision has been made to observe the animal and monitor its condition. The situation shall be reviewed in the morning as to possible action necessary. Picture has also been sent to SAC Veterinary Investigation Centre for their opinion and shall keep you informed of any developments.


21st April
The Common Dolphin present in the Small Boat Basin at Kirkwall harbour yesterday has moved on overnight with no sign of it this morning in the immediate area. I shall continue to monitor the immediate area over the next few days. I am of the opinion that the ghastly wound is possibly a fungal infection.


Ross Flett
BDMLR Coordinator & Orkney Seal Rescue