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Dolphin rescued at Marina dies

DC | C.S. Kotteswaran | 08th Dec 2012
Volunteers of Tree Foundation Sea Turtle Protection Force carry the dead dolphin to Madras Veterinary College.
Volunteers of Tree Foundation Sea Turtle Protection Force carry the dead dolphin to Madras Veterinary College.

Chennai: A day after DC reported about the ordeal faced by a dolphin stranded at Marina due to lack of a mechanism to rescue a marine mammal, it died Friday.

The dolphin, released into the sea by fishermen at Marina got stranded again at Chinnandi Kuppam, near Neelankarai, and succumbed to its injuries. Fishermen and volunteers of Sea Turtle Protection Force carried the dolphin in a stretcher and brought it to a rescue tank only to notice that it had just died.

“Assistant director of fisheries Julius Edward informed us about the stranded dolphin. When we reached the place, the dolphin was struggling to swim and initial efforts to put it back in the sea proved futile as it got stranded again,” said Pughazharasu, a member of force. “Based on the suggestions by forest ranger David Raj, we planned to shift the mammal to a quarantine tank, but it succumbed to severe injuries in its fin and head,” he added.

“Comparing photos, we were able to identify the dolphin based on the injuries,” confirms marine conservationist Supraja Dharini.

Sridhar, professor in Pathology, Madras Veterinary College, said the autopsy report would take two more days.

A dolphin is identified using its coloration, teeth count and the long, slender snout and sleek body, says fisherman Ezhumalai, who attends to marine animals in distress at Neelankarai.

Public noticing a stranded marine animal can contact 9444052242 for rescue, he informs.

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