A DOLPHIN has been spotted wearing a singlet or T-shirt off Western Australia’s South West coast.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife was alerted by the Dolphin Discovery Centre, after a member of the public got photos of the dolphin swimming in Koombana Bay, Bunbury, on Australia Day.
The sighting is of concern because the shirt could ultimately cause the dolphin to suffocate.
Interfering with marine mammals in this way is also illegal and can fetch up to a $4000 fine.
Seeking information on dolphin incident.
On Australia Day morning, we received a report from the Dolphin Discovery Centre that a member of the public had seen a dolphin wrapped in a singlet in Koombana Bay, Bunbury. It is unlikely that the dolphin swam into the singlet, so this appears to be an intentional act. This could have been catastrophic for the dolphin if it had covered its blow hole and restricted its breathing. Unfortunately the animal has not been seen since.
If anyone has information about the incident, or has seen the dolphin and can report its location, please contact the Parks and Wildlife Bunbury office on 9725 4300, or after hours call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.”