A dolphin with a large chunk of its back missing was most likely bitten by a shark.
A dolphin with a large wound on its back has been sighted swimming off the coast of South Carolina, possibly as a consequence of a shark attack.
On May 16, a member of the public, Susan Trogdon, photographed the dolphin in Port Royal Sound, near Parris Island. Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network, a South Carolina non-profit that works to protect marine mammals in the region, shared one of the photographs on Facebook on Wednesday.
The image portrays a dolphin swimming with a significant portion of its back missing, shaped like a half circle. According to the network, the dolphin’s injuries suggested that it had been attacked by a shark.
In a Facebook post, the non-profit added, “We assume this dolphin was the victim of a shark attack.” “Sharks don’t always prey on dolphins, save in the case of young or weak individuals (easy prey.)”
Despite its extensive injuries, the non-profit claimed in the post that the dolphin might be able to survive.
“Dolphins, especially in salt water, have an extraordinary ability to heal. We don’t have any further information about this animal, but we hope he’s on the mend.”
In the comments, a Facebook user stated that the dolphin’s position was not looking good, and wondered how the animal could recover from such a bite.
In response, the non-profit stated, “It’s difficult to say.” “It’s a good sign it’s swimming about, but it’ll take a long time to recover.”
The shape of the wound, according to the non-executive profit’s Lauren Rust, indicates that the injury was caused by a shark.
Great white sharks, tiger sharks, and mako sharks can all be found in the waters off the coast of South Carolina.
Log into Facebook to start sharing and connecting with your friends, family, and people you know.
“I would mostly think of white sharks as the ones preying on young, sick or sleeping dolphins,” Rust said.
“We do get white sharks a distance off our coast and it’s possible this was an offshore dolphin pod. We do get bull sharks, they are more of a coastal shark and can be aggressive.”
Trogdon told McClatchy that. This is a brief summary.