A juvenile bottlenosed dolphin was reported dead on Saturday at Pentire Point, near Polzeath after being fit by one of 25 boats witnesses earlier harassing a pod of dolphins.
Specialist officers are currently investigating whether any offences were committed under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 with a A £2,000 reward been offered to trace those people responsible.
PC Del Allerton-Baldwin, wildlife crime officer on the marine and coastal policing team in Bodmin, said: “We would like to get a list of all boats that were in the area at the time. They should all have names on them.
“Many of the boat users were in fact behaving responsibly around the dolphins and keeping a distance of around 100 yards.
“However, a few appear to have been harassing them. If you were part of the flotilla, it does not mean you were committing an offence but we would like to speak to you and eliminate you from our enquiries. You may also have vital information which may assist with the investigation.”
The £2,000 reward has been put forward by marine conservation charity Sea Shepherd UK.
A representative from the charity said: “Sea Shepherd UK, together with Bob Archell’s Dive Master Insurance, is offering a reward totalling £2,000 for information leading to an arrest and successful conviction of the persons responsible for the suspected killing of a young bottlenose dolphin yesterday.”
Police are particularly keen to trace any photographs or videos of the boats in the flotilla.
Anyone with information, photographs or video clips is asked to call police on 101.
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