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Dolphin dies in net off Sydney beach

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An animal protection organisation says a dolphin killed in shark netting on a northern Sydney beach justifies calls for the nets to come down.

A spokesman for the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service says a dolphin was found in nets off Newport Beach by surf lifesavers on Thursday morning, but officials are still trying to determine why it died.

"The animal has since been removed by Fisheries officers, and it's being transported to Taronga Zoo for necropsy," he told AAP on Friday.

Deaths of dolphins in such nets were "not common at all", he said.

Humane Society International (HSI) says the dolphin's death followed that of a young whale calf that became tangled and drowned in a shark net off Mona Vale beach last year.

"Targeted shark control programs provide no real protection for humans, but continue to be indiscriminate killers of our marine life," HSI senior program manager Alexia Wellbelove said.

"This government-sanctioned killing of our whales, dolphins and other marine life must stop."

AAP

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