By Freddie G. Lazaro, 8th November 2014;
A wounded Fraser’s Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) died a few minutes after it was rescued by local fishermen along the shoreline of Sitio Tabortit, Barangay San Lorenzo, Bangui, Ilocos Norte Wednesday afternoon.
Ilocos Norte Fishery Regulatory Coordinator Arthur Valente confirmed Saturday that the cause of death of the stranded dolphin was predation and starvation.
“The endangered dolphin had three bite injuries traced at its back near its dorsal fin and its genital area that might be inflicted by a shark,” he said.
In the necropsy examination, he disclosed that the dophin’s internal organs were normal. However, it had an empty stomach.
He said the Fraser’s Dolphin could have been a juvenile since it was 144 centimeters long and weighed about 25 kilograms.
Fraser’s Dolphins usually measure about one meter long and weigh 20 kilograms at birth, growing to 2.75 meters and weighing 200 kilograms.
“The prevalence of dolphins along the shorelines in the extreme northern portion of Ilocos Norte has been observed because the coastal area is considered a hot spot or one of the favorite areas where marine mammals seek shelter,” he added.
The latest stranding of dolphins in Ilocos Norte shorlines was the 11th incident from January to November 5 this year.
He said the cadaver of the dolphin was immediately buried in the coastal area of Bangui after it was examined.
Source: Manila Bulletin