An investigation is underway to determine the origin of the death of these marine mammals, which occurred in the Bazaruto archipelago.
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Eighty-six dolphins were found dead on Tuesday February 23 on an island in Mozambique. Several dolphins had already been discovered dead on Sunday at the same place. In total, 111 marine mammals have been found by the authorities. The cause of their death is still unknown, the Environment Ministry said.
An investigation is underway to determine the origin of the cetacean deaths. The team of researchers sent to the field did not find any trace of injury on the dolphins, nor any suspicious substance in their digestive system.
The Bazaruto Archipelago National Park is Mozambique’s first marine park. Its protected waters are home to many marine mammals such as dolphins, whales and dugongs. It is also home to 180 species of birds, 45 reptiles, 16 types of land mammals, as well as 500 marine and coastal species, and 2,000 fish.