Dead calf on beach

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A DEAD baby dol­phin washed up on a Rock­ing­ham beach on Tues­day.

Safety Bay res­i­dent Sam Peters came across the dis­tress­ing sight about 1.45pm about 40m left of the Safety Bay boat ramp.

“It was a bit up­set­ting given it’s ob­vi­ously a baby,” she said.

“I walk these beaches ev­ery chance I get and see­ing a baby dol­phin washed up de­ceased with no ap­par­ent in­juries is dis­tress­ing.

“I re­ported it to the lo­cal coun­cil to pass it on to the re­spec­tive au­thor­i­ties.

“It’s sad to see and lo­cals need to be made aware of it, for sure.

“There’s al­ways dead birds in the area; not sure if it’s re­lated to that.”

A De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions spokes­woman said the City of Rock­ing­ham as­sisted to re­move the calf.

“It has been sent to Mur­doch Univer­sity for test­ing,” she said.

Pic­ture: Sam Peters

The baby dol­phin.

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