A dead bottlenose dolphin appears on beach in Fuerteventura
The Environmental Service of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura has been activated, after a dead bottlenose dolphin was washed up on the Piedra Playa beach on the North West coast of the island by the town of El Cotillo.
They were called by a local resident and immediately went to the beach to see if they could save the mammal, which they identified as a young female, as it was only approximately two metres in length.
It was obvious to them as soon as they got there that the dolphin had been stranded for some time and was unfortunately already dead. Members of the Cetacean Stranding Network of the Canary Islands were able to take biological samples from it, to ascertain the degree of development of the dolphin, its status of reproduction, feeding and other characteristics, with the aim of continuing to our improve knowledge of the species, and contribute to its conservation, and of course to confirm how and why it died.
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Thanks to these biological samples, it was confirmed that as a very young female bottlenose dolphin, a common species in the Archipelago, with Canarian waters being one of the best areas for the reproduction of this species in Europe.
The bottlenose dolphin is listed as 'vulnerable' in the Spanish Catalogue of Threatened Species. It is a coastal species, which can be seen very close to the shore, in pods generally made up of 7 to 10 specimens.