An Irrawaddy dolphin, a critically endangered species, was found dead in the mangrove area of Purok Batad in Sitio Can-itum, Bago City, Negros Occidental, yesterday.
Marine biologist Mark de la Paz of the University of St. La Salle Center for Research and Engagement in Bacolod City, one of the first responders at the site, said that they found the Irrawaddy dolphin in an advanced state of decomposition.
Antonio Guaro found the carcass and immediately reported it to Bantay Katunggan responder Rex Magbanua, de la Paz said.
On January 3, Bantay Katunggan had already received a report from fishermen Edwin Flores and Gerome Salay that there was a dead dolphin with puncture wounds found floating in the area.
But when Magbanua went to the area then, he did not find the carcass.
De la Paz said the dolphin found yesterday had a punctured wound on its right lumbar side but it cannot be determined if it was caused by injury or by the maggots.
It was identified as an adult dolphin but its sex could not be determined because of decomposition, hesaid.
De la Paz said there are only 9 to 19 species of Irrawaddy dolphins found in the Bago-Pulupandan area, making them critically endangered.
He reminded the public to observe the ordinance on the Marine Protected Areas of Bago and Pulupandan, especially the no-fishing, slow-boat zones.*
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