PRESS RELEASE: DOLPHINS WITHOUT LIFE FOUND IN THE NATIONAL PARK OF THE ARCHIPELAGO DO BAZARUTO, FEBRUARY 22, 2021

PRESS RELEASE DOLPHINS WITHOUT LIFE FOUND IN THE NATIONAL PARK OF THE ARCHIPELAGO DO BAZARUTO, FEBRUARY 22, 2021

Another very sad instance of dolphins beaching. They stranded themselves in the shallows of the Bazaruto Archipelago, near Bazaruto Island, recently. Investigations will be conducted into why the cetaceans got themselves into this state. – Xonalanga

Dead dolphins in the shallows of Bazaruto Island
Dead dolphins in the shallows of Bazaruto Island
  • The Ministry of Land and Environment, through the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) informs that on the morning of February 21, 2021 in the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, 32 dolphins of the species Stenella longirostris hit the coast, 25 of which lost their lives at the site and 7 were rescued by the Park and taken back to the sea.

Of the 25 animals killed, 11 are adult males and 14 are females, with 12 adults, one (1) juvenile and one (1) child.

An investigation is underway to investigate the causes of death. From the expert work done, it was found that the dolphins did not show any signs of injury.

The viscera were extracted with the intention of checking if they had consumed anything strange that had caused their death, but nothing was found with the naked eye. The National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), through the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, will send the 25 samples to the laboratory for further analysis.

In order to monitor the status of the 7 animals saved and returned to the sea, the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park is conducting patrols on all the coasts of the islands that make up the Park. Until the afternoon of February 22, there were no signs that the 7 animals had returned to the coast, which increases the chances that they have survived so far.

Following the implementation of the protocol in force in the Conservation Areas for the management of animals found dead, the bodies of the 25 dolphins were incinerated.

The National Administration of Conservation Areas informs that it will update the public on the details of the investigation work now underway, in order to determine the causes of death of those marine mammals. In the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park (PNAB), in addition to the occurrence of marine mammals such as dugongs, whales, dolphins and others, provided by the combination of shallow and deep waters, as well as the availability of nutrients and tranquility in the area, occurrence of 180 species of birds, 45 of reptiles, 16 of land mammals, 500 of marine and coastal mollusks, and 2000 species of fish. The Bazaruto Archipelago National Park (PNAB), located in the province of Inhambane, has an area of 1,430 km2 and was created on May 25, 1971, being the first marine park in the country. (x)

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