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£2000 Reward to Catch Killer of Dolphin

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6:01am 22nd July 2013

A two thousand pound reward is being put up to find the killer of a dolphin off Daymer Bay.

It is after up to twenty-five boats surrounded a pod in the Camel Estuary on Saturday afternoon.

Shortly afterwards a dead juvenile bottlenose was found.

Police are involved too and reckon one of the boats could have hit it.

Faye Archell from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue said: "The death is believed to be as a result of the harassment. There is a general appeal for information as it is believed that there were a number of private, commercial and sightseeing vessels in the area at that time.

"The Padstow sightseeing vessels are all trained in how to behave responsibly around wildlife and there is no insinuation that they are involved, however passengers may have been witness to the harassment by other vessels.

"Harassment of dolphins is a serious wildlife crime under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981."

Being found guilty could mean six months in jail and a five thousand pound fine.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall police said: "Specialist Wildlife crime trained Police officers are currently investigating reports of a dead bottle nosed dolphin which was seen in the Camel Estuary, Padstow on Saturday 20th July 2013. It is believed several boats were in the area at the time and one of the Dolphins was hit by a boat and killed.

"It is believed a pod of dolphins entered the estuary at about 1330 hours. They were followed by up to 20 pleasure boats until about 1645 when they left the estuary and headed up towards Port Quinn Bay. A pleasure boat running cruises around the area then saw the body of a dead dolphin.

"Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen such incident to contact them on 101 quoting log reference 399 210713. Alternatively they can phone crime stoppers on 0800 555 111."
6:01am 22nd July 2013

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