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