Tuesday, 21 September, 2021


Mauritius: Mother dolphin struggles to save baby

Authorities recovered some of the bodies for autopsies     L'Express Maurice  AFP Authorities recovered some of the bodies for autopsies L'Express Maurice AFP
Bennie Garza | 29 August, 2020, 23:05

The dead dolphins washed up near the site of an oil spill caused by a the Japanese-owned MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier that ran aground on July 25 and began to spill oil about a week later.

Their fight comes a month after a ship ran aground and spilled oil off the coast of Mauritius. He sped off to try to find them; the baby had died by the time he arrived, he said, but the mother initially looked normal. Mauritian flags were waved across the packed square of St Louis Cathedral.

On Thursday, Greenpeace called on the government of Mauritius to launch an "urgent investigation to determine the cause of the deaths and any ties to the Wakashio oil spill".

The country's fisheries minister, Sudheer Maudhoo, told reporters some dead dolphins had injuries but he denied reports that oil had been found inside them and called their deaths a "sad coincidence". Two investigations are being carried out: one by the police on the crew's responsibilities and one by a senior Shipping Ministry official on what happened to the ship.

"The preliminary results show that the animals did not have trace of hydrocarbon in their respiratory system, nor in their skin, throat or stomach", the report said.

Results from another 25 necropsies are expected to be released in coming days.

Civil society groups should be present as necropsies continue, and independent experts should give a second opinion, local environmental group Eco-Sud said Friday.

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It's feared that the death toll may rise further.

"There was a mother and her baby", a fisherman Yasfeer Heenaye, told Reuters.

"There was a mother and her baby.He was very exhausted, he didn't swim well". But the mom stayed alongside him, she didn't leave her baby to go with the group.

'All the way she stayed with him. "She was trying to protect him".

Twenty-seven dolphins have washed up dead after an oil spill decimated the beaches of a once pristine island.

He filmed as the calf wallowed on its side and died in front of them, floating on the waves.

A short while later, the mother had convulsions and died too, said another witness, Reuben Pillay.

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