This mother and calf Common Dolphin were reported to us during the week. They don't look like they are too long dead and may have live stranded before being discovered. The fact that the female and the large calf were only metres from each other may add to this theory. Interestingly the mother had noticeable cuts/marks to the body. I wonder if they were actually inflicted by another dolphin not long before death and may have something to do with the animals stranding? These marks do not appear to from random rocks.
|Large calf Common Dolphin|
|Adult female Common Dolphin|
|Close-up of the body of the female.|
|Closer detail of one of the rake-like marks on the female.|
|Old healed scar on the calf. There didn't appear to be any fresh wounds on this individual.|