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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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Dead dolphin in Adelaide’s Port River was shot

A necropsy (post-mortem) has discovered that a bottlenose dolphin found dead in Adelaide’s Port River last December had been shot.

The dolphin, named Graze by researchers, was discovered in the Barker Inlet but only examined this month by staff from the South Australian Museum. Four shotgun pellets were found in the dolphin.

WDC’s Dr Mike Bossley said “When we found the body before Christmas it was hard to know why it died, that’s why they did a necropsy.” 

Graze was first sighted by Dr Bossley in 1992 and has been following her movements along with the other dolphins found in the river since then.

“It is clear despite the implementation of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary these dolphins are still under threat,” he said. “It is important that more resources are put into the sanctuary to improve its effectiveness.”

It is hoped that an interpretive visitors centre could be established to promote Adelaide’s dolphins and increase awareness the need to protect them.

You can support Dr Bossley’s work by adopting one of the Port River dolphins.