Dolphin found dead in Cebu

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


LAPU-LAPU CITY - Slow down when you see a lone dolphin.

Experts made this call to sailors after an adult dolphin believed to be hit by a sea vessel was found dead on the shore of Sitio Angasil, Barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City last Thursday afternoon.

Governor Hilario Davide III urged anti-illegal fishing task forces in local government units in Cebu to strengthen their campaign, especially in running after person who kill sharks and other endangered species.

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Davide made this call following reports of fresh shark meat being sold in Barangay Tangke, Talisay City.

Davide said anti-illegal fishing task force should step up, saying activities like this is a serious offense.

He also said that marine species like whale sharks, dolphins and sharks should not be captured and sold because these help the tourism industry of the province.

Bled to death

With three cuts, each about one and a half inches long, near its head, the 2.3-meter dolphin likely died from bleeding, said Adelino Padilla Sr., agricultural technologist at the City Environmental and Natural Resources Office.

Lone dolphin died
A BOAT propeller or paddle may have hit this dolphin, which was found laying lifeless on the shore of Barangay Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City. Experts promptly cautioned sailors to slow down every time they see a lone dolphin. (Sun.Star photo/Allan Cuizon)


“It was probably hit by a hard object,” said Padilla, who accompanied a team from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Bfar) that checked the sea mammal.

They are not dismissing the possibility that the dolphin was intentionally killed but the wounds were not likely caused by a spear or a bow, tools commonly used by hunters.

Padilla said the dolphin, which they buried near a dumpsite in Mactan, may have died a day before it was seen by a worker of Vista Mar Beach Resort around 3 p.m. last Tuesday.

“It was in an advanced state of decomposition,” he told reporters.

Padilla said the dolphin likely got separated from its pod or group and lost its way.

A boat propeller or paddle may have hit the dolphin, whose exact age experts could not determine yet.

Too hot

Dolphins, known for being playful, are commonly seen in the Hilutungan Channel, which separates Olango Island from Mactan Island, during summer. Padilla said.

“They come out because of the heat,” he added.

Mayor Paz Radaza, in a separate interview, said she has not heard of dolphin-hunting activities in the city’s seas. But she said she will instruct the City’s Task Force Kalikasan to look into it.

It’s not the first time a stranded or dead dolphin was found on the shore in Lapu-Lapu, said Padilla. But it was the largest dolphin that was washed ashore as far as he could recall.

Meanwhile, Capitol chief security officer Loy Madrigal, who is part of Cebu Provincial Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force, said they will continue to monitor illegal fishing activities.

Madrigal said that whenever they intercept trucks loaded with illegally caught fishes, they first check if there are endangered species included.

He also said he will visit the Bfar office to ask for pictures and posters of endangered species and post it in public markets and ports and on trucks so that the public will know what should not be taken from the sea. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 08, 2014.

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