Gruesome pictures show porpoise’s lungs penetrated by its own ribs in dolphin attack

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GRUESOME pictures show how a porpoise’s shattered ribs were forced into its lungs – by an attacking dolphin.

The body of the adult male porpoise was washed up on a Scottish beach on Monday.

There was little visible damage to the body of the creature apart from numerous “rake” marks.

A porpoise’s shattered ribs were forced into its lungs – by an attacking dolphin.

An autopsy quickly established that the animal had suffered catastrophic internal injuries as a result of being attacked by a bottlenose dolphin.

Experts from the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme carried out the autopsy on the porpoise, found on Rosemarkie beach, Fortrose, in the highlands.

Although the body was intact, and without obvious gaping wounds, investigators found 15 fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.

An autopsy quickly established that the animal had suffered catastrophic internal injuries as a result of being attacked by a bottlenose dolphin.

The spacing of the “rake” marks on the exterior of the body – at 10mm – pointed to the culprit. Scientists decided they were consistent with the “interdental spacing” of the teeth of a bottlenose dolphin.

Apart from these traumatic injuries, the 156cm long porpoise, which weighed 55kg, was found by the organisation to be healthy, with thick blubber reserves and had recently eaten.

The spacing of the “rake” marks on the exterior of the body – at 10mm – pointed to the culprit.

Mariel ten Doeschate of the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme said: “This is one of the major causes of death that we see but this is partly because these interactions happen close to the shore so we are more likely to be aware of them.”

The Strandings Coordinator for SMASS, Nick Davison, said: “They don’t eat them. They’re highly intelligent animals. It’s like a cat playing with a mouse.”

Apart from these traumatic injuries, the porpoise was found by the organisation to be healthy, with thick blubber reserves and had recently eaten.

In 2016, a dolphin was seen killing a porpoise by flipping it into the air in Cornwall.

In 2013, Alan Airey from the charity Sea Watch Foundation witnessed what appeared to be an organised attack on a porpoise by a group of around eight bottlenose dolphins near Lossiemouth.

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  1. As a marine researcher I have seen this on MANY occasions HOWEVER I can only say that the Bottlenose Dolphin is THE BULLY of the ocean UNTIL it comes across a Killer Whale. I have recently written about this behaviour in an Australia Magazine called DIVE LOG.

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