14 dead dolphins found on beaches in La Costa Partido, Argentina
They found 14 dead dolphins in the coastal party beaches; It’s cetacean species Pontoporia blainvillei, better known as Franciscan or the silver dolphins, at risk of extinction in the South Atlantic. It is the second find in the last 3 months.
The specimens, which arrived to the beaches by the sudestada from last week, were in advanced state of decomposition and therefore may not perform necropsies to learn the causes of death. It is believed that may appear more dolphins killed in the next few days.
Marine World Foundation experts say that these specimens are several days without life at sea and who came to the shore after the sudestada from a week ago, although they do not rule out that they may find more. In addition, warned tourists who are on holiday in the area, in case of finding any animals died, do not approach or touch them, since they can have a high bacterial load and pose a hazard to the health of the people.
It is the second find of these dead animals in the last 90 days in the coastal party; last November, they found 4 Franciscan dolphins in the towns of Santa Teresita, San Bernardo, Mar de Ajó and Las Toninas. Two of them were dead, while the others died after the rescue; one had consumed plastic.
In addition, in February 2016 already had released a copy of this Franciscan species in Santa Teresita; a case that is viralizó through the images of hundreds of tourists photographing with the cetacean that appeared on the shore.
It’s a kind of Dolphin considered vulnerable for the International Union for the conservation of nature; It is one of the smallest in the world and is distributed along the Atlantic coast of South America, especially in the Río de La Plata Southeast. It is the only member of the river dolphin group, but which it does not live exclusively in freshwater, but which does so also in salt water in oceans, and estuaries.
The marine world Foundation works to conserve the species, which in 2003 it was estimated that in the South-West Atlantic they died between 2000 and 3000 a year and could disappear in less than 30 years.
Courtesy of clarin.com