Baby dolphins have been washing up on British beaches – amid fears they are being killed by speedboats.
Experts have urged witnesses to report motorboats separating mothers and their calves following a spate of incidents in Cornwall.
A young male dolphin found stranded on Poldhu beach on the Lizard Peninsula on Tuesday, September 29, is undergoing a post-mortem examination.
His body was found just two miles from where another calf was killed by a suspected boat strike in Gunwalloe, near the town of Helston, last month.
A spokesman for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) said: "We want members of the public to report any instance of disturbance they see, with video or photographs if possible and safe."
Locals blasted the latest death after a photo of the dolphin was shared on social media, Cornwall Live reports.
Mick Dawton, writing on the Porthleven Facebook group, said: "Another local dolphin stranding yesterday [on Tuesday] at Poldhu Cove… This young male was removed from the beach for post-mortem examination. Will update when I know more."
Louise Scutt commented: "Really upsetting to see but very grateful to you for making us aware of this. We don’t need protecting from these images.
"The dolphins need protecting from us and the only way that will happen is to raise awareness with public posts like this. Thanks for doing your bit."
Tamar Grace added: "Anyone saying they find this too distressing and would rather bury their head in the sand rather than help clean and preserve it, are the very reason why we should post things like this.
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"Nobody likes seeing dead dolphins but use that passion to do something about it."
A few dolphin deaths were reported in Cornwall in the last few months, including those of two babies.
One washed up at Holywell Bay in July and died despite attempts to save him.
Another one was killed last month near Gunwalloe, and his death was thought to have been caused by probable boat strike.
A CWT spokesman said at the time: "We are saddened by the recent death of a baby common dolphin near Gunwalloe on the Lizard peninsula, which was revealed yesterday to be caused by probable boat strike.
"This follows a spate of disturbance incidents of dolphins by power boats, jet skis and stand up paddleboards over the summer months."
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