Dolphins off the South West coast are in danger of being wiped out, environmentalists have warned.
They say increasing numbers are being killed, after getting caught in huge fishing nets used by trawlers.
Since the beginning of this year the bodies of more than 40 dolphins have washed up on Devon and Cornwall beaches.
Last year, 180 dolphins were found washed up on the coast. In December alone, 32 were found.
Conservationists believe pair trawling is to blame - where a huge net is strung between two boats.
And they are calling on the European Union to put independent observers on fishing boats to monitor the situation.
Marine expert Dave Ball said: "The problem is that they will
be steaming up the coast from Land's End for eight hours before
they haul the nets in.
"So any dolphin caught inside does not really stand a chance."