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Barry Nash wonders why dolphins continue to beach themselves

Barry Nash, co-ordinator of the Barachois Search and Rescue team, is seen standing near the shore of Main Gut where the carcass of a dead dolphin was discovered.

Barry Nash is not sure why dolphins continue to beach themselves on sandbars in the Main Gut and Rothesay Bay areas, but noted some are not surviving.

A dead dolphin was spotted Tuesday on a sandbar in Main Gut, not far from the Barachois Search and Rescue building on West Street in Stephenville Crossing.

Nash, the team’s co-ordinator, said this one was only a short distance from where the team rescued a dolphin one week prior using an air boat to bring it to deeper water near Main Gut Bridge.

“While I can’t be positive it’s the same dolphin, what I really can’t understand is why these animals are returning to the same place and getting stranded,” he said.

His team was involved in the rescue efforts of seven dolphins at Rocky Point in Rothesay Bay on the day previous to the lone dolphin rescue. On that evening it was too late for an eighth dolphin that was beached.

Nash said he also heard about a dead dolphin being spotted on a shoal off Mattis Point in the Main Gut area Wednesday.

“Whatever’s in their mind to go up on shore like that, I can’t say,” he said. “I guess if they’re hell bent on committing suicide, that’s what they’re going to do.”

Still, he said the team will help out whenever members are called upon to do so if they hear of any of these animals in distress.

Nash also heard of another incident on Tuesday of two stranded dolphins in low water at Sandy Point near St. George’s, where some concerned citizens were said to be helping them back into safe waters.

At press time it was not known whether or not those two dolphins survived.

Geographic location: Rothesay Bay, West Street, Rocky Point Mattis Point Sandy Point

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  • Kevin Mark Bauer
    July 25, 2014 - 15:49

    The reason Mammals are beaching themselves is most likely due to the Magnetic North Pole shifting from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia in what is possible going to be a full magnetic flip of both Poles, i.e. the North Pole will be in the South and Visa Versa. Currently the Magnetic North Pole is travelling at approximately 50 Km/year and is expected to be in Siberia by 2020 and this is what Aquatic Mammals depend on for Navigation in their Migratory paths so they are becoming confused and beach themselves. Peace Y

  • Kevin Mark Bauer
    July 25, 2014 - 15:35

    Mammals,I believe,are continually beaching themselves because of the shifting Magnetic Poles which they rely on to Navigate the Waters for their migratory paths, At present,the Magnetic North Pole is shifting ever faster towards Siberia,it is expected to be in Siberia by 2020,and may flip completely as it has done in the past of Earth's History. where the South Magnetic Pole becomes the North and the North becomes the South. How long the Polar flips will take is anybodies guess but the North especially has been speeding up it's shift of late. Peace Y

  • Kevin Mark Bauer
    July 25, 2014 - 15:31

    Mammals,I believe,are continually beaching themselves because of the shifting Magnetic Poles which they rely on to Navigate the Waters for their migratory paths, At present,the Magnetic North Pole is shifting ever faster towards Siberia,it is expected to be in Siberia by 2020,and may flip completely as it has done in the past of Earth's History. where the South Magnetic Pole becomes the North and the North becomes the South. How long the Polar flips will take is anybodies guess but the North especially has been speeding up it's shift of late. Peace Y

  • Kevin Mark Bauer
    July 25, 2014 - 15:26

    Mammals,I believe,are continually beaching themselves because of the shifting Magnetic Poles which they rely on to Navigate the Waters for their migratory paths, At present,the Magnetic North Pole is shifting ever faster towards Siberia,it is expected to be in Siberia by 2020,and may flip completely as it has done in the past of Earth's History. where the South Magnetic Pole becomes the North and the North becomes the South. How long the Polar flips will take is anybodies guess but the North especially has been speeding up it's shift of late. Peace Y

  • Kevin Mark Bauer
    July 25, 2014 - 15:23

    Mammals,I believe,are continually beaching themselves because of the shifting Magnetic Poles which they rely on to Navigate the Waters for their migratory paths, At present,the Magnetic North Pole is shifting ever faster towards Siberia,it is expected to be in Siberia by 2020,and may flip completely as it has done in the past of Earth's History. where the South Magnetic Pole becomes the North and the North becomes the South. How long the Polar flips will take is anybodies guess but the North especially has been speeding up it's shift of late. Peace Y

  • Kerry dyer
    July 25, 2014 - 11:09

    How will they learn to walk if they keep pushing them back into the water. Some people just don't believe in evolution I guess.

    • Kevin Mark Bauer
      July 25, 2014 - 23:03

      The reason Mammals are beaching themselves is most likely due to the Magnetic North Pole shifting from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia in what is possible going to be a full magnetic flip of both Poles, i.e. the North Pole will be in the South and Visa Versa. Currently the Magnetic North Pole is travelling at approximately 50 Km/year and is expected to be in Siberia by 2020 and this is what Aquatic Mammals depend on for Navigation in their Migratory paths so they are becoming confused and beach themselves. Peace Y