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Looking after turtles — Island hosts international course
Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Bermuda Zoological Society is hosting an international course on the biology and conservation of sea turtles.


Dolphin leaves Somerset waters, heads to sea
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

After swimming around super close to shore in Somerset, the dolphin that caused a stir on Monday [Aug 12] has returned to the deeper waters and has not been spotted close to shore since


Warning as children swim with wild dolphin in Somerset (Update)
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A dolphin that appears to be stranded near Somerset Long Bay has been in the area all day.


Lone dolphin leaves Somerset Long Bay area
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A dolphin feared stranded in Somerset Long Bay has left the area.


Dolphin causes a stir at Somerset Long Bay
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A dolphin that was spotted yesterday at Somerset Long Bay may have been stranded. US marine mammal biologist Trevor Spradlin said the situation was similar to what he’s seen in the US, where dolphins have recently been found along the coast of Virginia up to New York.



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Dolphin leaves Somerset waters, heads to sea
Bernews
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

After swimming around super close to shore in Somerset, the dolphin that caused a stir on Monday [Aug 12] has returned to the deeper waters and has not been spotted close to shore since.

Dr Ian Walker of the Bermuda, Aquarium, Museum & Zoo [BAMZ] said they received notice about the dolphin, with reports coming in indicating that it looked like it was in trouble.

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Dolphin Quest had responded, and Dr Walker and the team from BAMZ made their way to the west end by land and sea. Dr Walker said Dolphin Quest advised people not to swim with the dolphin for both the safety of people and the dolphin itself.

Dr Walker said the dolphin was coming in really close to the beach — at times only a few feet off — and was acting in an unusual manner, and the concern was that the dolphin would get stranded, as in stuck on the beach.

The BAMZ team set up field hospital, with a local water trucker bringing in 4 loads of water to fill up an inflatable pool that would be used to hold the dolphin if need be.

However at about 4.30pm, the dolphin started swimming out to shore. The Marine Police followed at a distance and lost sight of him in the Kings Point area. Dr Walker said as of 8am this morning, no one has seen the dolphin close to shore, but they have left the pool up as a precautionary measure.

Dr Walker also said they were aware of the unusual mortality event on the East Coast of the United States, and said there was concern it was possibly associated.

More than 120 dead dolphins have been discovered since June from New Jersey to Virginia, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service said.

This is seven times higher than usual, and U.S. Federal scientists have declared it an “unusual mortality event” and are investigating the cause, Reuters reports.