Dolphins in CamSur likely stranded, died due to dynamite blasts – report

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 18) - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network (PMMSN) on Thursday said dynamite blasts likely caused the stranding of 25 Fraser's dolphins at the shores of Del Gallego, Camarines Sur last month, and the eventual deaths of 14 of them.

"The cause of the stranding is most likely due to an acute and forceful impact because the animals were apparently in good body condition," read the joint statement.

"We suspect that a sudden but sever environmental force such as dynamite blasts most likely caused the animals to flee and become disoriented (and literally stressed to death)," it added.

The results of the necropsy showed the dolphins had hemorrhages, pale streaks on skeletal and cardiac muscles, and edema and dark discoloration of the kidneys.

The BFAR in Region 5 has reported that illegal dynamite fishing still exists in the area.

"We are hopeful that the Ragay Gulf Management and Development Council with the local chief executives as members and as headed by Pasacao Mayor Nino Tayco and the BFAR 5 would lobby for more stringent law enforcement within the municipal waters to protect marine mammals and other aquatic resources in the Gulf," read the statement.