I've seen pics like this of 1/2 tail recently, I think its the left 1/2 of his tail is missing. been around here for years and years. if this is the same animal... the hook position seems about the same as the other pictures...1/2 tail? I didn't notice a partial tail. I did notice seaweed or barnacles growing on its dorsal fin though. But it looked healthy otherwise.
if its rusting, he should start rubbing it on the bottom, or a piling somewhere soon... hard to tell the quality of the hook from a picture...Dangit I hate to hear that, that is my buddy FIN. This is him on 7-2-19. I always see him in the bay and the pass. How long you think before the hook rust out?
People keep feeding him and he keeps stealing baits. Pretty sure that hook used to have stinger dangling off the back of it.
Flipper ate a LY? That was the one bait at the OIP back when I fished off it that they wouldn't touch.I have had him (FIN) grab a big LY and tug on it ever so slightly till the hook pulls through the bait. Then I see him come to the top smiling. I know some people get mad when dolphins show up but it doesn't bother me. I just move on if he keeps doing it.