Rescue team saves Twinkle - again
15th July 2003
A rescue team has freed a dolphin that had been tangled in discarded fishing line in the Port River in Adelaide since yesterday morning.
Project Dolphin Safe says the young dolphin, which has been named Twinkle, has been rescued twice before.
The state government is currently drafting legislation to declare the area a dolphin sanctuary in a bid to offer the resident dolphin population better protection.
Several dolphins have been killed or injured in attacks in the area in recent years but despite investigations, no one has been prosecuted.
Discarded fishing line has also been blamed for a number of entanglements.
In the latest such rescue, dolphin researcher Dr Mike Bossley says fishing line had caused a deep groove above Twinkle's tail, making her particularly vulnerable to rubbish in the river.
During the rescue, a fisherman contained the dolphin in a net while police and divers from the Department of Parks and Wildlife moved in to free her.