VIDEO: Desperate Mother Dolphin Seen Helping Her Trapped Baby Breathe
By Space Coast Daily // July 19, 2015
ABOVE VIDEO: A juvenile dolphin called Kyra is caught on a drumline with the hook embedded in her abdomen, puncturing her lung, as her mother tries desperately to do what she can to keep her alive. (Sea Shepherd Video)
AUSTRALIA – A juvenile dolphin called Kyra is caught on a drumline with the hook embedded in her abdomen, puncturing her lung, as her mother tries desperately to do what she can to keep her alive.
As Kyra tries to free herself, she continuously rubs against the chain associated with the drumline, eventually leaving her blind in one eye. Kyra was taken to Seaworld as a result of this incident and remains in captivity.
This is just one episode of thousands that takes place from the Queensland Shark Control Program.
Sea Shepherd’s Apex Harmony Campaign focuses on removing lethal shark control measures and installing non-lethal options currently available.
In 1962 the Queensland Government started a program to install drumlines and shark nets at popular beaches along its coastline. Today, what started with 24 drumlines within the Gold Coast region, has expanded to over 360 drumlines and 30 shark nets, causing death and injury to thousands of marine animals each year.
Over the course of 52 years, almost 50,000 sharks have been caught in the shark control program and reportedly more than 53,000 other marine animals have been caught as ‘by-catch’; including whales, dolphins, dugongs, seals, marine turtles, rays and other marine life.
This footage illustrates the indiscriminate way drumlines capture marine life.