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WDC provides supportive care to a live-stranded common dolphin. Credit: Andrea Spence/IFAW

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The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

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Dolphin struck by spear

Reports of an apparent speargun attack on a dolphin in Adelaide’s Port River has alarmed WDC’s team in the area.

Late last year a shotgun pellet was found in the fin of a dead dolphin in the Outer Harbour, and WDC science and education manager in Australia, Dr Mike Bossley believes multi-pronged spear was responsible for the wounds recently found on another dolphin; one of a resident pod of about 30 bottlenose dolphins in the area.

Mike says the discovery is disturbing. “We can’t prove that this was a deliberate attack but it is very difficult to see how the wound could have been caused by anything other than spear.”