A stranded dolphin dies on Playa Dorada beach in Lanzarote
A two-metre long stranded dolphin was reported to the Emergency Services Coordination Centre early this morning, on Playa Dorada beach in Playa Blanca in the south of Lanzarote.
The Guardia Civil, the Rapid Intervention Group (GIR), and professionals from the Canarian Network of Stranded Cetaceans were dispatched to the beach and arrived just before 8am, and found the young male dolphin struggling in shallow water.
They tried to entice it back into the water, but it is a really dangerous process for the health of the mammal, as very often they don’t want to go back in and it can cause them great stress and lead to heart attacks or, effectively, drowning.
In this case, it was unfortunately the latter, as with supervision from the researcher from the Canarian Network of Stranded Cetaceans, officers tried in vain to reintroduce the dolphin back to the water, but he refused to go and eventually died on the beach.
After this they carefully dragged him from the water and his body was taken for an autopsy to see if he had any illnesses or physical reasons to want to leave the water.
When sighting this type of mammal, it is recommended to call the emergency services on the 112 telephone number and follow the instructions of the professionals, since on many occasions they seek to leave the sea and trying to return them is not the best option.
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