Mass stranding of Spinner dolphins South of Mozambique, Feb. 2021
According to National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), on the 21 February 2021, 86 stranded dolphins were found within the tidal zone of the Bazaruto National Park, between Pestana and Anantaro lodges. All dolphins were identified as Spinner dolphins, Stenella longirostris. On the 23rd of February more dolphins were encountered, totalizing 111 stranded individuals.
Marine mammal’s specialists from Government institutions, Eduardo Mondlane University and International Union for Conservation Nature (IUCN), moved to the stranding site to investigate the main causes of this mass standing. Necropsies were undertaken and data such as measurements, photos of internal organs and samples were collected for further investigation.
Other people involved in the first response reported that at least 7 Dolphins were found alive and were moved to deep waters.
The photos were taken from ANAC Facebook page.
Contributor : Gelica Inteca