Sunday, 19 July 2015

Sunburnt dolphin put down by vet

A dolphin with a huge sunburn blister was put down by vets after being spotted in a Cornish river

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor

6:02PM BST 19 Jul 2015

A dolphin which was found in a river in Cornwall has been put down after suffering suspected sunburn.

The 4ft mammal, which had a huge blister on its back, was found by a kayaker stuck in reeds in the Kennall River between Falmouth and Truro on Saturday morning.

It is thought the dolphin was part of a pod which beached at nearby Mylor Harbour on Friday. Several of the common dolphins could not be persuaded back into the sea and travelled up the river.

The blister on its dorsal fin, which was estimated to be the size of a rugby ball, would have left the dolphin open to infections if released back into the wild, resulting in a slow painful death.

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