Dolphin beaching in Mozambique – 10/31/2006

  • November 25, 2013 at 4:06 am #1331

    Per another group. ~Rocky

    Mon Oct 30, 12:54 PM ET

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Dozens of bottle-nosed dolphins have died
    after beaching themselves on a remote Mozambique coastline,
    mystifying environmentalists who say mass beachings are very rare in
    the area.

    “It’s very unusual but even when one or two are beached you very
    rarely find the cause of death,” Peter Best of the mammal research
    institute at the University of Pretoria said on Monday.

    Witnesses said 47 dolphins came onshore on Bazaruto Island off
    mainland Mozambique early on Saturday. Rescuers managed to return
    six of them to the water.

    Scientists do not know why large groups of dolphins or whales
    occasionally beach themselves in different parts of the world.

    Nick Raba, a member of Eyes on the Horizon, a group of citizens who
    help police fishery laws in the area, was one of the first people to
    arrive at the scene.

    “There wasn’t a marking on them, no signs of disease, and not
    fishing nets wrapped around them. Something very strange has gone
    wrong,” he said. “This is quite a shock.”

    About 21 whales and dolphins have been reported to have beached
    themselves this year in South Africa.

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