These heartbreaking images show a dead dolphin with the name ‘Juan’ carved
into its side and several injuries which were apparently inflicted at sea.
The dolphin was found on a beach in the residential area of Roquetas de Mar,
in the south-eastern Spanish province of Almeria and police officers worked
with members of the Equinac organisation to remove it.
The dolphin reportedly had injuries all over its body and in the images the
name ‘Juan’ can be seen carved into its side.
Equinac coordinator Eva Maria Moron said that the injuries and name had not
been done at the beach.
Speaking to Central European News (CEN), she said: “The injuries and the
cuts were not done at the beach, it must have happened at sea and the storm
has pulled it out of the water.”
Spanish Civil Guard sources told reporters that the Department of Marine
Service has been investigating the appearance of other dolphins found dead
on the beach for months and that the latest case will be added to the
Manu and Ana, members of Equinac, told local media: “We were overcome with
indignation when we saw the name carved into the body, and other different
cuts, something that was not done today nor at the beach.”
The animal is a female dolphin around 1.65 metres (5 feet 5 inches) long.
“To you Juan, the one who did this, we only want to say that with a bit of
luck we will catch you for another offence.”
Moron told CEN: “The main hypothesis is that this was not done at the beach,
and that it was not alive when it was cut, but it is still unclear how the
animal died, if it was due to human activity or something else.”
She also explained that according to the law, if a person finds a dead
dolphin they should notify the authorities and she added that even fishermen
who catch dolphins by accident in nets or hooks should notify the
She added: “We want to make people aware of the importance of taking care of
protected animals, such as marine turtles or dolphins, some people in the
fishing industry are against these animals as for example they say that
dolphins are eating their fish or breaking their nets and we should be aware
The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been reported.