Heartbreak as baby dolphin dies after being abandoned by its mother

Heartbreak as baby dolphin dies after being abandoned by its mother and getting caught in shallow waters off Cornwall

  • A baby dolphin was spotted by lifeguards near Holywell beach in Cornwall
  • British Divers Marine Life Rescue retrieved the dolphin at 6pm on Monday
  • Tragic footage shows the ‘beautiful and tiny’ dolphin struggle in the water 

This is the tragic moment an ‘incredibly rare’ baby dolphin was found struggling close to the shore after being abandoned by its mother.

The tiny mammal was found by lifeguards stranded in the sea near Holywell beach in Cornwall.

It was rescued at around 6pm on Monday and carried to a shallow pool where it was filmed in incredible footage shortly before it tragically died.

An ‘incredibly rare’ baby dolphin was found struggling close to the shore after being abandoned by its mother near Holywell beach in Cornwall

The dolphin was rescued at around 6pm on Monday and carried to a shallow pool where it was filmed in incredible footage

In the video, RNLI Lifeguard Jago Griffiths kneels behind the tiny dolphin as it struggles in the water.

The dolphin slowly swims forwards between three other rescuers standing in the water.

It swims towards rocks in the corner of the pool and Jago follows behind to make sure it is okay.

Another rescuer places the dolphin back in the water where it tries to paddle forward again but struggles with its injuries. 

RNLI Lifeguard Jago Griffiths kneels behind the tiny dolphin as it struggles in the shallow pool on the beach

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s marine awareness officer Matt Slater, who was on the beach at the time, said: ‘It is incredibly rare to see a baby dolphin.

‘The baby was weak and had rake marks on its body from the teeth of other dolphins. It was beautiful and tiny – I can’t believe how small they are.’

British Divers Marine Life Rescue were called as soon as the dolphin was spotted by the lifeguards and responded rapidly, but the dolphin sadly died shortly afterwards.

Rescuers said a baby dolphin this young was extremely vulnerable without its mother and it was not only exhausted but badly injured.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s marine awareness officer Matt Slater says: ‘It is incredibly rare to see a baby dolphin’

It was found with rake marks from common dolphin teeth on its skin and is believed to have either been rejected or separated by aggressive non-family members.

Matt added: ‘I have spent my lifetime on and in the sea but have never seen anything like this.’

Common dolphins are one of the smallest dolphin species found in UK waters and there have been a lot of sightings of them around the coast in the past week. 

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