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Observed: 11th October 2008 By: jason.birt
Added: 6th November 2009
I was wondering about adding this observation because it involves a dead observation rather than a live observation. If this is moderated off then I understand. I was called out to this (originally live) stranding and arrived with others present. We decided to bring it in to send it off for autopsy. The reason I'm posting this is because this stranding was not due to human factors but instead bears all the hallmarks of bottlenose dolphin violence, which, I hope, the photos evidence. People more expert than me suggest that the rake marks are the correct spacing for bottlenose teeth. As for ID, at the time everyone agreed it was a common dolphin but looking at the photos, I'm not so sure. The "hour glass" isn't very obvious but a white stripe is... Over to you...