ANIMAL welfare groups have called on authorities to investigate after the decapitated remains of a dolphin were found with rope tied around it on a Nijar beach.
Guardia Civil officers were called out to the Aguamarga coastline after the body of the animal was found.
Police said they found the corpse with rope tied around its body. They claimed the way the rope was tied suggested it was done with the goal of trying to dispose of the bottlenose dolphin’s remains in the sea.
The ecology groups Equinac, Anadel, Aspac and Liberta have since called on police to investigate the death.
A picture posted by Equinac on Facebook showed the body decapitated at about halfway down its torso. The rope was tied just behind its flippers.
Bottlenose dolphins are a protected species under conservation laws meaning killing or capturing them is illegal.
Police have urged members of the public who find the remains of animals on the beach to call 062 so that trained specialists can be despatched to move them.