Saturday 20 December 2014

Beer can ring kills dolphin

Published 30/08/2014 | 02:30

A family of dolphins were rescued by three selfless fishermen
A family of dolphins were rescued by three selfless fishermen

A PLASTIC ring from a six-pack of beer carelessly tossed into the sea resulted in the agonising death of a young dolphin.

The short-beak common dolphin was discovered near Schull harbour in Cork in a distressed condition.

Horrified locals realised that the animal had got a plastic six pack ring snagged on its beak.

As the dolphin desperately tried to free itself from the object, the plastic ring wedged ever tighter and prevented it from feeding.

Wildlife enthusiast Sheena Jolley was one of those that tried to help the dolphin but it was too weak to be saved.

"It was a tragic sight," she said.

"Every time that it wasn't supported and encouraged to go out to sea, it slowly rolled over onto its back."

Locals helped support the animal in shallow water so that its breathing was eased.

Sadly, it died a short time later.

Irish Independent

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