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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 October 2005, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
Rare dolphin washed up on beach
A rare striped dolphin has been found dead in Cornwall after being caught in fishing gear.

Post-mortem tests concluded that the injuries sustained were consistent with being caught in fishing nets.

Striped dolphins are acrobatic mammals usually found in tropical and subtropical regions in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Volunteers from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust were called to the scene at Porthmeor beach near St Ives.

Marine conservation officer, Joanna Doyle, said: "This one dolphin should be a message to everybody, including the decision makers, that something has to be done to stop these deaths and to reform the fisheries here in the UK and at the European level."

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