A DOLPHIN that became caught up in fishing line last week has since died and left her calf an orphan.
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The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions announced Highnitch was dead today.
Highnitch was transported to Murdoch University for assessment.
“The entanglement was more severe than expected, with fishing line also wrapped around its tail,” the Department wrote.
“A plastic bag was entrapped in the fishing line and the dolphin’s skin was also showing signs of an infection that may have impacted the healing of its wounds.”
Parks and Wildlife Service officers are monitoring the activities Highnitch’s calf Splash.
Sightings of Splash should be reported to the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.
The Department said the incident highlights the hazards for wildlife associated with fishing line.
It is reminding people to dispose of fishing line and tackle appropriately.
Dozens of fishing line bins are located across popular jetties, fishing platforms, traffic bridges and foreshores so people can dispose of lines.
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