A DOLPHIN which is believed to have washed up on Woodstown beach yesterday, Wednesday 21, has still not been removed. Residents in the area have raised concerns regarding the health hazard a dead dolphin poses, together with such a distressing sight remaining unacted upon.
In the last fortnight or more, increased whale, dolphin and porpoise activity has been reported as they actively chase sprat. Marks on the dolphin’s body suggest that it may have died in the estuary and rolled in along the sea bed with the food tides.
Local Fianna Fáil Councillor, Eddie Mulligan appealed to senior executives in Waterford Council to expedite the process on the grounds of health and safety.
He has asked for either a beach burial for the dolphin, or a removal of the dolphin from the area, whichever is in accordance with correct protocol in such instances. The Irish Whale and Dolphin group have also been notified.