Body of Dolphin found with rear fins cut off

20 April 2017 - 406   - 0

Wildlife officers have discovered the body of a Dolphin floating inside the Hambantota Fisheries Harbor. Officers said the dolphin's rear fins had been severed. 

It is suspected that the dolphin had got caught in a fishin net but had been brought ashore by the fishermen rather than being released back into the sea. Wildlife officers said they had previously discovered dead sear turtles who had also gotten caught in the nets of fishermen. 

They warn that despite a ban on the killing of dolphins, there was still an underground trade in the sale of dolphin meat.

While no comprehensive survey has been carried out regarding dolphin populations off the island's shores, the Marine Environment Protection Authority estimates there are some 10,000 dolphins around the regions of Trincomalee, Kalpitiya and Mirissa. 

Story and Pix by Rahul Samantha Hettiarachchi in Hambantota

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