Bottlenose dolphin

A round up of the sightings from the Scottish Dolphin Centre so far!

Well what a season it has been so far! Firstly I would like to reintroduce myself, I am Aimee and I was last year’s residential guide and events volunteer and I am extremely happy to have returned for a second season as a staff member this time round, Scottish Dolphin Centre Guide. I did say I never wanted to leave!

Arrest made after dolphin is killed by an arrow

According to reports from law enforcement agencies in the US, a young person has admitted to shooting a bottlenose dolphin with a hunting arrow in the waters around Florida. A written confession has been taken and a bow seized.

The dolphin was found dead more than a week after being shot in Orange Beach and a substantial reward was offered.

WDC offers reward after pregnant dolphin is shot dead

WDC is offering a $2500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of a protected bottlenose dolphin in the seas around Florida, USA. US law enforcement authorities are looking into the incident after the pregnant dolphin was discovered on Miramar Beach in the panhandle area of Florida. It has since been revealed that the dolphin died of a gunshot wound and was within weeks of giving birth.

Wild dolphin crossbreeding in UK revealed by WDC

Shrinking dolphin populations in UK waters may be causing one species to mate with another according to WDC research.
 
WDC has recently released the first documented proof of hybridisation between wild dolphins in UK waters, where one species mates with a completely different species.

Scottish windfarms decision bad for marine mammals

WDC are supportive of efforts to reduce climate impacts and move away from the use of fossil fuels. However, the decision by Scottish Ministers today to consent these four offshore wind farms off the Forth and Tay on the east coast of Scotland will drive another nail in the coffin of the local harbour seal population.

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