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Poachers kill ´dolphins that saved swimmers´

 
Omphaloskepsis
11/27/2004 05:51 PM
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Sad.
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Sat 27 Nov 2004

Poachers kill ´dolphins that saved swimmers´

ALEX MITA

POACHERS in New Zealand may have killed two members of a pod of dolphins that recently saved the lives of swimmers from a great white shark attack, lifeguards said yesterday.

The mutilated carcasses of the two bottlenose dolphins were found on Wednesday in the Awaroa River, which branches off the upper reaches of Whangarei Harbour on North Island’s east coast.

Staff from New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) believe the dolphins died about two weeks ago after drowning in fishing nets set out by criminals poaching fish. DOC officer Richard Parrish said their tails had been hacked off, probably to free them from the net.

Three weeks ago, seven dolphins protected Ocean Beach lifeguard Rob Howes, 45, his 15-year-old daughter Nicky, 16-year-old lifeguard trainee Helen Slade, and Karina Cooper, 15, from the jaws of a great white shark at Ocean Beach, Whangarei Heads.

The protective dolphins have been hailed as the humans’ saviours after the incident was reported this week.

Mr Howes was on a training swim with the teenagers to mark Helen´s first day as a lifeguard.

The group was 100 metres from the beach when around seven agitated dolphins appeared. The pod formed a protective shield around the swimmers and even herded Mr Howes back when he tried to swim away.

The girls thought the dolphins were playing as they swam round them in tight circles, thrashing their tails, but Mr Howes finally spotted the outline of a 10ft great white. The dolphins warded off the shark for 45 minutes and only when it moved off did they allow the swimmers to head for the shore.

The discovery of the dead dolphins has outraged the local community and shocked Mr Howes and Miss Slade, who feared the two mammals may have been a part of the pod that saved them.

An angry Mr Howes said whoever mutilated the dolphins should be castrated.

"In light of what has happened at Ocean Beach I would give them a taste of their own medicine," he said. "This is how we repay them for their help?"

He said setting illegal nets where dolphins could get tangled up in them amounted to "indiscriminate murder," and added that the discovery would put a lot of fishermen under pressure.

"There will be a public outcry against the use of nets," he said.

Miss Slade said she was disgusted to hear what had happened to the dolphins.

"Why would they do such a thing?" she asked.

Fishing with illegal nets, failing to report finding a dolphin in a net, and mutilating a marine mammal are all offences carrying a maximum 10,000 New Zealand dollars fine.

Bay Of Islands SPCA inspector Jim Boyd said fishermen needed to change their habits and not set nets where dolphins could be caught.

"(Dolphins) drown in the nets because they cannot get to the surface for air," he said.

Mr Boyd called on the Government to impose legislation to protect the dolphins.

"If (illegal netting) doesn´t stop then dolphins will become extinct," he said.

"That would be a sad indictment on society that we cannot look after a creature as special as this."


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Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Disgusting and pathetic.
merlinnz
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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It´s a sad statement thatw e can´t treat all creatures as "special".

A lot of "work" has been done in New Zealand in recent decades to bring in regulations governing net siez etc...

I believe, in the past, Japanese Tuna Fishing boats were the "worst" offenders against dolphins.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Mmmm... dolphin meat. So juicy and tender. Like the best combination of seafood and steak you ever had, all in one meat. Smothered in garlic and butter, or lightly singed to keep it´s own flavor. Try some today!

This message brought to you by the Dolphin Poachers Association of America.
Dooley
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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This makes me so sad. The little guys gave their all to defend humans from death. This is how humans reward them? Heart-breaking. Go to God, friends.sigh
Faydra.
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Oh, boo hoo. Why don´t you give the dolphins some more lip service? It´s so much easier and cheaper than actually doing something about it. I swear, you armchair humanitarians (or dolphinitarians) are the worst.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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IMO, dolphins and elephants are sentient, and should not be exploited by humans.
Omphaloskepsis
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Throw in whales and primates too!

;)
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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AC 6:10 - I agree and would add all the big cats and apes too.
~SLB~
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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What´s even sadder is that if they didn´t save those people from the Great White, their deaths would have gone unnoticed.
Knightstar
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Humanity has sunk even lower.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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oh yeah, whales too... of course whales, goes without saying actually, and parrots too! squak ark eck yeah and parrots squak
QuietOne*
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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No tears left to cry.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Another liberal boo hoo save the whales thread.

1doh1
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12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Our pig friends are extremely intelligent also. It´s cruel that God made them so tasty.
idol harobed
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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"Another liberal boo hoo save the whales thread."

I suppose you do not care about the life forms of this planet, do you?
Omphaloskepsis
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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How could I forget pigs and octopi!


beer2
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12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Squid and cuttlefish, too.
Humans do not recognize the sentience of other species, because they are arrogant (after all they think they are the only sentient species in the WHOLE Universe). They also have been programmed to "know" they have dominion over all species (from a myth called Abrahamic Religion). Plus it would make humans uncomfortable to know those whom they exploit are sentient. Humans are the ones devolving, IMO.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Throw in the aid workers and the innocent in IRAK, too.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Good thread which has been buried. "BUMP!"
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Too many humans. Big problem. We need to exterminate about 2/3 of them.
They are all rotten to the core. Born killers. They kill anything and everything. Even each other.
Omphaloskepsis
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Psychotic Swimming Monkeys.

That´s us!

beer2
Draconis
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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we ought to skin those poachers alive and leave them stranded on the beach.

They will reap what they sow.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Its not Humans fault they have been programmed to blindly follow political and Corporate "leaders". Get rid of them, and organized religion, and the people would fare better.
XXX
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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fucking apes
Omphaloskepsis
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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I wonder if this was caused by sonar. You don´t often hear of two different types of cetaceans beaching at the same time.
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Whales, Dolphins Die on Australian Island

29 minutes ago

HOBART, Australia - About 100 whales and dolphins died after beaching on a southern Australian island Sunday, and about 50 more were still at risk, a government official said.

Wildlife officers were headed for King Island between the Australian mainland and the southeast island state of Tasmania to help rescue efforts.

Early reports said 72 pilot whales and 30 bottlenose dolphins died after beaching at Sea Elephant Bay, Tasmanian state government environment spokesman Warwick Brennan said.

Up to 50 more whales and dolphins were believed to be still alive and 800 feet offshore, he said.

"The local community, who first found the animals, they have been doing a lot of work over there with the animals," he said. "We will continue to work with the local community as well. When you have a lot of animals like this involved, you need all the help you can."

[link to story.news.yahoo.com]
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Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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dolphins rose
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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I blame the Kiwis. sheepwhip
Cutie-PYX
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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I said it when this was posted last night and I´ll say it again:

thwak

Evil phuckers!

People who are inhuman like this should be made to suffer the same fate as their victims. They didn´t show the dolphins mercy, so none should be shown to them.

I hope someone rats them out.





GLP