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This Heaviside’s dolphin doesn’t have a name as she (and you can tell it’s a she by looking at the colour pattern on the belly) hasn’t been catalogued yet.  She is one of several animals we’ve come across that have entanglement scars but is the only one I’ve seen that still has the fishing line […]

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This Heaviside’s dolphin doesn’t have a name as she (and you can tell it’s a she by looking at the colour pattern on the belly) hasn’t been catalogued yet.  She is one of several animals we’ve come across that have entanglement scars but is the only one I’ve seen that still has the fishing line still in her flesh and has had it there for over a year.

In the 3 photos below, the fist one was taken on the 17 Aug 2011 and the later two one the o4 July 2012. In the first photo, you can see that the cuts are already mostly healed, note how her dorsal fin was cut almost halfway through by the fishing line before it presumably broke off.  I noted on this day (but never saw clearly) that there was ‘something’ hanging beneath the dolphin in the water.  Only in 2012 did we get a chance to photograph her as she leaped clear of the water showing the real nature of her injury.

Amazingly, despite having a few metres f fishing line clearly embedded in her skin, she doesn’t seem to be affected or slowed down by this at all.[nggallery id=10]