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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 July, 2003, 12:02 GMT 13:02 UK
Rare dolphin washed up on beach
Bottlenose dolphin
There are only about 100 of the dolphins around the UK's coast
Experts from London Zoo are on their way to Devon to carry out tests on a rare dolphin which has been washed up on a beach.

The dead bottlenose dolphin was found on Blackpool Sands near Dartmouth on Tuesday.

There are only about 100 bottlenose dolphins around the UK's coast, which is why the experts are keen to examine the carcasse.

The animals are mainly found in the temperate and tropical waters of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

Brixham Sea Watch, which monitors dolphins around Devon's coasts, said the fully-grown male dolphin is too decomposed for a post-mortem to be carried out, but the tests may be useful in determining how he died.

The animal was found with long rope tied around its tail, which is used by commercial boats to catch large fish like tuna.




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