Don’t worry! Our Dave’s still duck­ing and div­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - THE DAY THE EARTH SHOOK - by Jane Barlow

DAVE the Dol­phin is fit and well af­ter the earth­quake – con­trary to ru­mours which said oth­er­wise.

Many peo­ple heard that a dol­phin car­cass had been washed up on the beach on Satur­day, hours af­ter the quake – but the area was searched and noth­ing was found.

There was con­cern for Dave, the soli­tary dol­phin who has been swim­ming along the shore be­tween Folkestone and Hythe for the past year, as he was not seen for sev­eral hours.

But he was once again duck­ing and div­ing near the beach at Sandgate by mid-af­ter­noon.

There were also claims that Dave sensed the earth­quake was go­ing to hap­pen and was swim­ming ex­tremely close to shore.

Na­tional news­pa­per re­ports at the week­end sug­gested Dave was try­ing to warn peo­ple some­thing un­to­ward was about to hap­pen.

How­ever, Ja­son Carter, from Bri­tish Divers Marine Life Res­cue, which has been keep­ing an eye on Dave, said: “Th­ese sto­ries are all fic­ti­tious.

“There was no body washed up, and there wasn’t one of­fi­cial call about this.

“Dave was not around just be­fore the earth­quake. I have some­one who looks for him first thing in the morn­ing ev­ery day and he wasn’t in view, so sto­ries of him act­ing strangely are not true.”

Mr Carter also re­futed a story in an­other lo­cal news­pa­per last week, which claimed Dave came to Shep­way a year ago with an­other dol­phin nick­named Daphne.

Mr Carter said Dave came here alone and stays be­cause of plen­ti­ful fish­ing stocks, not to mourn a com­pan­ion who died here.

It will take more than an earth­quake to push Dave the Dol­phin out of the Chan­nel

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