CaraDonaldWork's picture

Dolphin ardersierAug2012

Observed: 23rd August 2012 By: CaraDonaldWork
dolphin ardersierAug2012
dolphin ardersier2012 full length
dorsal fin aug2012
back markings aug2012
Description:

Short beaked, very distinct white underbelly and beak and contrasting dark fins, dorsal
Possibly white beaked dolphin but any other suggestions?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Mark at Magdalen's picture

I think it is but have you

I think it is but have you any shots showing the back?

leenestofvipers's picture

oh dear

What a shame to see it like that :(

CaraDonaldWork's picture

i know! such a shame...

i know! such a shame...

the naturalist man's picture

White-beaked dolphin

There is nothing else this could be with the white, stout beak, heavy curved dorsal fin in the centre of its body and a pale stripe across the back behind the dorsal fin - faint in this dead animal but still observable.

Impossible to say what as caused its death; the three scratches are old, healed scars possibly from a run in with a killer whale or large shark. Actually, on second thoughts, the distance between the scars is possibly too large for teeth marks - may be from a small propeller.

Graham Banwell

Visit the iSpot Yorkshire forum for information on events, issues and news relating to 'God's own country'
http://www.ispot.org.uk/forum/8411

keredtrams's picture

dolphin

this poor fellow has had a run in with a boat propellor.