Dolphin dies on Cavite shore; probe launched

Rosario, Cavite — A female dwarf spinner dolphin, with wounds in the body, died before dawn Saturday on the shore of Barangay Wawa II, this municipality.

Authorities said that the dolphin was still alive when found by a fisherman named Wendel on the shore but had died later, believed due to injuries she had on her body.

Observers believed the dolphin was harmed by someone else who may wanted to catch her while on sea. It was the first time that a dolphin had drifted and died in Rosario (also called Salinas) territory.

[caption id="attachment_229540" align="aligncenter" width="576"] DEAD DOLPHIN — Fishermen carry the carcass of a female dwarf spinner dolphin that died onshore in Barangay Wawa II, Rosario, Cavite, last Saturday. (Ali Vicoy)[/caption]

Mayor Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente, Jr. has called for an investigation on the death of the dolphin.

The lawyer-mayor said that those liable for wounding the dolphin could be charged for violating Republic Act 8550 (a law against individuals who do not comply to the development, management and conservation of the fisheries and aquatic resources.)

The wounded dolphin on the shore was found by Wendel as he was about to board a banca to catch fish in the sea. Wendel reported the find at once to Nestor Llanoza, Barangay Isla de Bonita (Island of Beauty) chairman.

Municipal Media Affairs Coordinator Sid Samaniego, citing a report of Llanoza, said that the dolphin had several wounds believed inflicted by a blunt, pointed instrument.

Local Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Chief Rodel Marasigan said the dolphin was about three-years old, six feet in length and one foot in width and weighs 40-45 kilograms.

What caused the wounds in the dolphin’s body is now under investigation.

Dolphins are reportedly sighted in the waters near El Fraile (Fort Drum) and Corregidor Islands in Cavite City. Rosario is the second coastal town from Cavite City after Noveleta.

The sea area is called “Daang Barko” or “Boat Way” with the numerous fishing and commercial vehicles passing by the turf day and night.

It could not be determined yet as to who indeed had wounded the dolphin that drifted to  Rosario shore.

Ricafrente and other municipal officials are one in saying that dolphins, which are intelligent, friendly and playful mammals, would have to be saved and cared for.

Aside from dolphins, “butandings” (shark whales), which are endangered species, and other big fish were also sighted in the waters of Rosario and some other coastal municipalities of the province.