The Central Coast is mourning the loss of its very own ‘Flipper’, after the popular lone dolphin was found dead at Empire Bay.
“I’m devastated. She would nudge my boat at 3am every morning to wake me up so she could head out with me,” said Empire Bay oyster farmer Warren Harvey, told the Central Coast Advocate.
Mr Harvey was one of a team of local fishermen and marine rescuers who helped retrieved the body of the beloved dolphin — who they dubbed ‘Elusive’ — on Wednesday morning.
The juvenile marine mammal had been reported missing after it was spotted entangled in a rope on Sunday morning. On Tuesday night, two jetski riders spotted the dolphin with rope tangled around its tail floating on the water.
The much-loved marine mammal often hitched a ride on the bow waves of the Central Coast Ferries vessels — to the delight of passengers and skipper Mr Rond.
“Everyone is devastated. We had been looking for her after we heard she was missing and a lot of our regulars were visibly upset when they heard the news,” he said.
The body of the dolphin was measured and weighed by ORCCA before being taken away by NPWS.