Police hunt thug who carved his name into a DOLPHIN at sea, before the animal was washed up on a Spanish beach
- Female dolphin found washed up on beach in Roquetas de Mar, southern Span
- Animal found with injuries all over its body with the name ‘Juan’ carved in its side
- Conservation group says the strange marks could not have been done on beach
- Investigation launched after other dolphins washed up on same stretch of shore
A suspect who carved the name ‘Juan’ into a dolphin before the dead animal was found washed up on a beach is being hunted by authorities in Spain.
These heartbreaking images show the dead dolphin with the name of the potential perpetrator carved into its side and several injuries which were apparently inflicted at sea.
The female dolphin was found washed up on a beach in the residential area of Roquetas de Mar, in the south-eastern Spanish province of Almeria.
The 5ft 5in animal reportedly had injuries all over its body and the name ‘Juan’ can be seen carved into its side.
The female dolphin was found washed up on a beach in Roquetas de Mar with several injuries and the name ‘Juan’ carved into the side
Equinac coordinator Eva Maria Moron said that the injuries and name had not been done at the beach.
She said: ‘The injuries and the cuts were not done at the beach, it must have happened at sea and the storm has pulled it out of the water.’
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Spanish Civil Guard sources told reporters that the Department of Marine Service has been investigating the appearance of other dolphins found dead on the beach for months and that the latest case will be added to the investigation.
Manu and Ana, members of Equinac, told local media: ‘We were overcome with indignation when we saw the name carved into the body, and other different cuts, something that was not done today nor at the beach.
‘To you Juan, the one who did this, we only want to say that with a bit of luck we will catch you for another offence.’
Experts say the injuries could not have been inflicted on the beach and so much have been done at sea
The Department of Marine Service has been investigating the appearance of other dolphins found dead on the beach for months and this latest case will be added to the file
The animal is a female dolphin around 5ft 5in (1.65 metres) long and police officers worked with members of the Equinac organisation to remove the body from the beach.
Moron said: ‘The main hypothesis is that this was not done at the beach, and that it was not alive when it was cut, but it is still unclear how the animal died, if it was due to human activity or something else.’
She also said that according to the law, if a person finds a dead dolphin they should notify the authorities and she added that even fishermen who catch dolphins by accident in nets or hooks should notify the authorities as well.
She added: ‘We want to make people aware of the importance of taking care of protected animals, such as marine turtles or dolphins, some people in the fishing industry are against these animals as for example they say that dolphins are eating their fish or breaking their nets and we should be aware of that.’
The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been reported.
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