Dolphin pictured killing porpoise by flipping it into air
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Dolphin pictured killing porpoise

A bottlenose dolphin has been pictured flipping a porpoise into the air in a deadly attack.

The rarely seen event was witnessed by gig rowers in Newlyn Harbour in Cornwall.

Dolphin attacks on porpoises accounted for about one death a year on average, Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) said.

It is unclear why dolphins attack porpoises but it could be an aggressive response to feeding competition or even "misdirected sexual aggression".

The pictures were captured by the Pendeen Pilot Gig Club in a training session.

  • 11 Oct 2016