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Dead dolphin at Veterans Park

Discussion in 'SoCal' started by undrwater, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. undrwater

    undrwater Contributor

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    Divers at Veterans Park found a dead dolphin in about 70' very near Cookie's Crab Shack. I had already done my dive, but I was the only one around with a camera. Roc and his group took it down to see if they could get footage. They did.

    [video=youtube;IbwG2XR33Z0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbwG2XR33Z0&feature=youtu.be[/video]

    Other divers in the parking lot later mentioned that someone had reported a separate incident of a dead dolphin similarly wrapped in line a week before. Please post if you have any information about that.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Thiad

    Thiad Instructor, Scuba

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    This is heartbreaking. I get that animals die, but this does not look like a natural death.
     
  3. merxlin

    merxlin ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    What was it caught up in? Are those lines tethered off and anchored?
     
  4. undrwater

    undrwater Contributor

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    They look that way don't they? The footage never shows where the lines end, and I'm not sure if the group followed them. I don't have Roc's contact info, otherwise I'd ask him. I don't think I'll be there again until Wednesday, so I'm hoping someone else comes up with an answer to that.
     
  5. riguerin

    riguerin Blah Blah Blah

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    Over the years several groups have installed circuits of permanent guideline at Vets. Looks like this animal may have become entangled in some. Very sad :(
     
  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Divers may have caused this? !?! Oh no! :-(
     
  7. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Instructor, Scuba

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    I saw some floats on the lines. It may have become entangled in lines from lobster traps. I wouldn't be surprised to find a trap at the end of the line with the tension on it.
     
  8. Dive California

    Dive California Instructor, Scuba

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    Sad, but thanks for posting....thanks Roc for filming. My guess is what Phil thinks...lobster lines. :(

    Will try and get out with bad weather.
     
  9. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Thanks for the alternate explanation. Still a very miserable state of affairs none the less.
     
  10. Gill

    Gill Contributor

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    This is recent then. I dove at Vet's on Mon, Jan 21st and when I went by the Crab Shack there was no dead dolphin then. Water on the surface that day was flat as a pancake.
     
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