In two days, 111 spinner dolphins stranded and died on an island off the coast of Mozambique. The cause is unknown, the country’s environment ministry said.
The animals were found in Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, a marine park in Mozambique. Mass strandings are unusual in that part of the world, Bazaruto Archipelago National Park said in a Facebook post.
On Sunday, 32 stranded dolphins were discovered. Park rangers were able to rescue seven dolphins by pushing them back into the sea.
But while they were trying to figure out what happened, another 86 dead spinner dolphins were found on Tuesday morning.
“The team from Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Inhambane province found 86 lifeless dolphins on the west coast of Bazaruto Island,” a ministry statement said.
“They most likely beached during the night,” the park’s Facebook post said. “So far, a total of 111 dolphins have died. We are continuing to take samples.”
The park thinks that tidal fluctuations, algae blooms, or magnetic or geological disturbances could be the reason why the animals died.
Members of the park will monitor the area in the coming days to prevent more stranding. The protected waters of the national park are home to dolphins, whales and dugongs.
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