The dolphin (nicknamed “Marra”) continues to be confined in the Maryport marina despite the efforts of numerous specialists to entice him out of there. Although the media attention has turned to London and deflected away from Maryport, the local public have been out in force most days trying to find a solution to the problem. On Saturday 21st there was a large scale rescue attempt involving British Divers Marine Rescue Unit, British Sub Aqua Club, Cetacean experts from Plymouth, the WDCS and a couple of other organisations including the local inshore lifeboat.
Pingers and recordings of several different dolphin vocalizations were played under water while boats attempted to coax the dolphin out of the marina and a large net was hung over the exit, ready to drop into the water to prevent the dolphin returning should he choose to follow one of the boats out of the marina, but the dolphin decided he was staying put.
The dolphin appears still to be relatively healthy and seems to be feeding, as the gulls are following him around for the remains of his foraging.