BAZARUTO, 24 February 2021 – Officials in Mozambique have opened an investigation into the mysterious deaths of over 100 dolphins in Bazaruto Island, in the country’s southern part.
Tests on the dead dolphins have, so far, not revealed any “problem with the skin, tongue or intestines”, according to Tomas Manasse, who is the head of inspection at the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park.
The park has responsibility for wildlife in the region, including for the coastal area where the dead dolphins were found.
Officials say the first set of dolphins washed up dead on the coast of Bazaruto in the country’s Inhambane Province at night, last Saturday.
Residents counted 25 dead dolphins upon waking up Sunday morning.
They reported another wave of 86 dead dolphins – for a grand total of 111 dead dolphins – after the coastline was marked by more lifeless dolphins at dawn Tuesday.
Everyone of the 111 dead dolphins are of the Stenella Longirostris family, park officials have confirmed..
One the probe, park officials told reportetrs Wednesday that samples from the dead dolphins have been sent for further laboratory analysis in the capital, Maputo.
Some experts are suggesting that the unrest caused in the waters of Bazaruto Island last week by Cyclone Guambe may be to blame for the deaths of the over 100 dolphins.