Dolphin tangled in anchor line dies
By Roxanne Arevalo, 21st April 2017;
Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra)Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus) died after its tail was entangled in an anchor line about 30 kilometers off Barangay Camague in Iligan.
Fisherman Tito Dimco said the Dolphin was playing near their fishing boat at midnight and got its tail caught in the anchor’s rope.
The Dolphin dragged the small seacraft as it swam around in an effort to free itself.
Dimco sailed back to shore at 6 a.m. with the weak Dolphin still tied to the rope.
It eventually died.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said the fishermen could’ve cut the rope but the Dolphin would still be tied down to the heavy anchor.
The Dolphin weighed 200 kilos and was eight feet long.
The City Agriculture Office estimated the Dolphin to have been two or three years old.
Source: ABS-CBN News
The cetacean in this incident has been misidentified; it’s a Risso’s Dolphin, not a Melon-headed Whale.