Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Beached Risso's dolphin dies

The 10-foot long Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) that beached along the Cayanga River in San Fabian town on Saturday died Tuesday morning, said Westly Rosario, chief of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) research center here.

The mammal had a wound in the left mouth and had welts around its body, Rosario said.
“Two biologists were observing and assisting (the dolphin) the entire night. We were also getting tips from the Ocean Adventure in Subic for its upkeep,” Rosario added.

But at around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, he said the dolphin started to breathe heavily and died before 6 a.m.

The dolphin measured 6.6 feet around its belly and 10.3 feet long. It weighed a ton and was the biggest among the dolphins that have beached in the coastal towns and cities of Pangasinan.
The dolphin will be buried at the cemetery for endangered species inside the BFAR research center.

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