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More Details on Dolphin Death

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 25th March 2014.

Experts are trying to work out whether a dolphin which died near Torpoint was suffering from something contagious.

The elderly bottlenose was put down after it refused to refloat in Millbrook Creek.

Tests show the creature was suffering from liver disease.

Vets said: ""A 3.2m female bottlenose dolphin was found swimming erratically in a shallow tidal creek in the Tamar estuary in south east Cornwall on Saturday 15th March. Due to the poor nutritional condition and abnormal behaviour, the dolphin was euthanased after clinical assessment by a veterinary surgeon.

"A necropsy was carried out by CSIP vets based at Exeter University (Tremough Campus) and found that it had a suspected metritis and hepatopathy. The results of follow up bacteriology and histopathology may help shed further light on the reason/s for the dolphin's poor nutritional status and whether there was any underlying infectious process."

The vet adds: "I can also say she weighed 312kg so the volunteers did well to control her in the water and to move her back up the creek without any flotation devices, to a point where there was a safe route between the road and creek over the dangerous mudflats."

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