Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dolphins vanishing from the Cornish coast thanks to pollution and over-fishing - 27th Sept 2011

They were once a common sight along the Cornish coast, where their acrobatic feats have delighted visitors for decades.

But the county’s bottlenose dolphins could soon be no more than a memory, experts have warned.

Their numbers have plummeted from around 20 in 1991 to just six today, as they fall victim to fishing nets and pollution.

According to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, 20 years ago the playful creatures accounted for 67 per cent of all marine animal sightings, but by 2008 that figure had fallen to 27 per cent.

Ruth Williams, the Trust’s marine conservation manager, said: ‘The group size is now extremely low and we are concerned for their future. Although young dolphins are seen each year, the reported group size does not seem to be growing. Read More