People urged to keep an eye out for Swan River dolphin entangled in fishing line

People urged to keep an eye out for Swan River dolphin entangled in fishing line

Perth residents are being urged to keep an eye out for a dolphin and her calf after both became entangled in fishing line.

Yesterday, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions were able to remove part of the entanglement from the adult dolphin – called Highnitch – enabling her to swim freely.

“It is believed that she still has fishing line around her tail, however, her calf, Splash, no longer appears entangled,” the Department wrote on social media.

High rainfalls this winter and the entanglement are believed to be responsible for an infection on Highnitch’s body.

The Department with support from Murdoch and Edith Cowan University is continuing to track the movement and conditions of these dolphins.

Sightings (ideally with photographs) should be reported to the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.

The dolphins should not be approached or disturbed.

“This incident highlights the hazards for our wildlife associated with fishing line and people are reminded to dispose of fishing line and tackle appropriately,” the Department’s statement read.

“We have placed dozens of fishing line bins across popular jetties, fishing platforms, traffic bridges and foreshores so people can dispose of lines.”