Scared Dolphin Hooked By Fisherman Struggles To Escape

CENPublished: April 10, 2018
Published: April 10, 2018

This is the shocking video of a distressed dolphin struggling to escape a deadly tangle of fishing line as a crowd looked on in horror unable to help.

The brave mammal battled for 15 minutes to free itself from the web of fine thread after being hooked by a fisherman at Bedok Jetty, in Singapore.

Eyetwitness Mr Chia said he saw a crowd of around 70 people gathered along the structure, which as Singapore's longest jetty has become a beacon for fishing.

Mr Chia - whose first name was not given - spotted a grey shape floating on the surface of the water, then realised it was a dolphin struggling to escape.

The 55-year-old architect explained: "It was struggling, the tail looked like it was entangled in some string. There was a hook on the string, attached to a fisherman's line at the jetty."

The alarm was then raised by one of the shocked crowd. The fisherman then cut his line.

Mr Chia added: "The dolphin looked very weak and drifted out to sea."

Animal welfare officers raced to the scene but by the time they arrived the dolphin had disappeared.

Mr Kalai Vanan, from the Animal Concerns Research & Education Society, said they suspected the animal was still entangled and were searching for it.

There have been a number of sightings of dolphins off Singapore's shores. The Tropical Marine Science Institute at the University of Singapore recorded nearly 170 dolphin-sightings between 2008 and 2011.

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