Mandurah: discovery of dead dolphin covered by bed sheet outrages fishing group

The dead dolphin at Mariners Cover. Picture: Perth & WA Fishing Reports/Facebook
The dead dolphin at Mariners Cover. Picture: Perth & WA Fishing Reports/Facebook

A DEAD dolphin found at the Mariners Cove boat ramp today was left by dolphin researchers to be removed by the City of Mandurah.

A post on Perth & WA Fishing Reports’ Facebook page expressed outrage at the dolphin being found dead in the carpark covered by a sheet.

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“It is an absolute discrase (sic) to the marine life,” the post said.

“This is a dead dolphin wrapped in a bed sheet in the middle of a car bay.

“It states on the bed sheet DEAD DOLPHIN HAS BEEN REPORTED.

“It seems a kind person has tried to wrap the dolphin up in a bed sheet in kind nature, but what the bloody hell is it still doing here?

“It seems it could of (sic) been here for at least a few days if not longer as it seems abit (sic) decomposed… someone needs to pick this up now.”

 

A Department of Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman said dolphin group volunteers brought the body of the dead dolphin ashore to do DNA testing.

She said the volunteers covered the carcass so as not to offend members of the public.

A Murdoch University Cetarean Research spokesman said the dead dolphin was found this morning and genetic testing had been completed. He said it was up to the City of Mandurah to remove the carcass.