A dead dolphin was found on the beach of Barangay Suba, Bayawan City in south Negros Oriental, Monday.
Fisheries technician Ian Sala of the Bayawan City government said a fisherman found the stranded dead dolphin at around noontime Monday.
Sala said, the dead aquatic mammal was a juvenile female, weighing around 30 kilograms and measuring about 1.75 meters in length.
Sala said it looked like a spinner dolphin.
It bore four similarly sized wounds, or holes, on different parts of the body, which the fisheries technician said appeared to have been caused by a cookie cutter shark.
A cookie cutter shark preys on dolphins and other marine mammals and fishes.
Sala said they buried the dolphin after documentation and measurement, as it was already starting to decompose.
This is the second marine mammal response reported in Bayawan City this year.
Last month, a rare megamouth shark was buried in the shores of Bayawan City after it died due to an accidental entanglement in the fishing gear of a local fisherman.
Sala said that the waters off Bayawan City are a “tuna highway” where many dolphins and other fishes can be found.*PNA
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