2 dead bottlenose dolphins seen near large fishing fleet off Spanish coast prompting fears that they were likely to have been incidentally caught in the fishing nets.
From the P&O Cruise Ferry, the Pride Of Bilbao, The Biscay Dolphin Research Programme (BDRP) has gathered a great deal of data on the distribution and abundance of whales & dolphins (collectively known as cetaceans) in the European Atlantic. This unique year round database has demonstrated the importance of this area as a feeding and breeding ground for many different species with more than a quarter of all cetacean species being recorded in the area.
On a recent crossing of the Bay of Biscay in April 2005, not far from the port of Santurtzi on the Northern Spanish coast, Clive Martin, BDRP Director and the Senior Wildlife Officer on board the Pride of Bilbao, observed a huge fishing fleet of Spanish vessels. On closer inspection, Clive could see bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) amongst the fishing fleet together with associated long finned pilot whales (Globicephala melanea).
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