A heartbreaking video has emerged of a three-month-old dolphin and its mother’s battle to keep alive after being ensnared into a shark net off Queensland, Australia.
In the footage shared by Sea Shepherd, the baby bottlenose dolphin is seen struggling, after getting itself caught up in a baited drum line off the coast of Queensland’s Surfer’s Paradise.
The youngster’s mother is seen lifting her baby up to the surface so it can breathe after a hook from the drum lines punctured its stomach, according to Seven News.
The mother dolphin was teaching her baby how to steal fish from drum lines when the hook pierced the youngster’s stomach.
The three-month-old mammal was rescued just in time by Seaworld and is being cared for at the theme park for the time being.
Speaking to Seven News about the baby dolphin, who has been named Cara, Trevor Long from Seaworld said:
The animal actually paired up with on of our other dolphins, Hally, and there is a mother daughter bond there.
1. Heartbreaking footage has emerged of a baby dolphin caught in a shark net off the coast of Queensland’s Surfer’s Paradise.
2. The baby dolphin can be seen with a hook through its stomach.
Sea Shepherd shared the footage to raise awareness about the damage shark control equipment can cause on sea life and are urging Queensland to take it all out of the water.
The clip is reviving the shark net debate and Greens Senator Larissa Waters said:
it’s about time the Queensland government actually reviewed shark net and drum line policies.
Considering the upcoming humpback whale migration, Seaworld is asking that two nets are taken out of the water on the southern end of Queensland’s coast.
3. The baby bottlenose dolphin was learning from its mother how to steal fish from drum lines when the hook pierced its stomach.
4. The dolphin, now named Cara, was saved just in time by Seaworld and is being cared for at the theme park for the time being.
Read more: Seven News.
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