A mystery

Barry Nash wonders why dolphins continue to beach themselves

Frank Gale fgale@thewesternstar.com
Published on July 25, 2014
Barry Nash, co-ordinator of the Barachois Search and Rescue team, is seen standing near the shore of Main Gut where the carcass of a dead dolphin was discovered.
Frank Gale

Barry Nash is not sure why dolphins continue to beach themselves on sandbars in the Main Gut and Rothesay Bay areas, but noted some are not surviving.

A dead dolphin was spotted Tuesday on a sandbar in Main Gut, not far from the Barachois Search and Rescue building on West Street in Stephenville Crossing.

Nash, the team’s co-ordinator, said this one was only a short distance from where the team rescued a dolphin one week prior using an air boat to bring it to deeper water near Main Gut Bridge.

“While I can’t be positive it’s the same dolphin, what I really can’t understand is why these animals are returning to the same place and getting stranded,” he said.

His team was involved in the rescue efforts of seven dolphins at Rocky Point in Rothesay Bay on the day previous to the lone dolphin rescue. On that evening it was too late for an eighth dolphin that was beached.

Nash said he also heard about a dead dolphin being spotted on a shoal off Mattis Point in the Main Gut area Wednesday.

“Whatever’s in their mind to go up on shore like that, I can’t say,” he said. “I guess if they’re hell bent on committing suicide, that’s what they’re going to do.”

Still, he said the team will help out whenever members are called upon to do so if they hear of any of these animals in distress.

Nash also heard of another incident on Tuesday of two stranded dolphins in low water at Sandy Point near St. George’s, where some concerned citizens were said to be helping them back into safe waters.

At press time it was not known whether or not those two dolphins survived.