A marine wildlife expert from Brixham has described the killing of dolphins in South West waters as a ‘massacre’ – with over 100 found dead in just eight weeks. A total of 106 dolphins and porpoises have washed up on Cornwall’s beaches and in the nets of fishing boats in just eight weeks, according to Cornwall Wildlife Trust. The toll for the whole of last year was 205 while in the two previous years the numbers had been under 100.

Large trawlers are being blamed for the alarming increase – with French boats said to be the worst offenders as they work in pairs. It is understood they are competing with dolphins for fish such as mackerel, herring, bass and sprats and experts say they are wiping out entire family groups. The mammals get caught up in the nets used by trawlermen and are suffocated when held under the water. READ MORE