Friday, 30 December 2011

A hotel to save a dolphin

Ribadesella port yesterday received the unexpected visit of a dolphin. Stranded in a dock ramp and barely the strength to face the current, adult specimen of almost two meters was located by a group of fishermen early in the morning. Hours later the dolphin died in the pool at the Gran Hotel del Sella, where he had been transferred in a last attempt to save his life.

"Although we have to make the autopsy, it appears that the dolphin could be caught at sea in a fishing gear," said yesterday the director of the Coordinating Committee for the Study and Protection of Marine Species (CEPESMA), Luis Laria , who noted that it is "a problem that occurs very often in cetaceans and that a high percentage of strandings on the Asturian coast."

In this latest issue of adult common dolphin made it in one of the ramps Ribadesella fishing port, where he was found alive near seven o'clock. Alerted by fishermen at that time were in the dock, Alvaro Fernandez, CEPESMA volunteer, moved immediately to the place.

And when the dolphin was to address the tip of the beach of Santa Marina, at the mouth of the estuary towards the sea, but "you could tell he had no strength to go and ended up stranding on the beach again," said Alvaro Fernandez.

Already in the sand and also supported by the veterinarian there were several attempts Ribadesella to the dolphin returned to the sea from the shore, as the heavy swell prevented from doing so from a boat.

But it was not possible by any means and dolphin stranding over and over again. Up to five. Which caused several injuries which led to bleeding and volunteers to find another solution that finally passed the pool remove the Gran Hotel del Sella, located a few meters from the beach of Santa Marina riosellana owned and volunteers CEPESMA public and personally thanked the gesture.

The idea was already in the pool trying to hydrate the animal and relax to get your strength, but "the dolphin seemed stunned," said those who closely followed the entire process until "suddenly, as if it were a attack, "the animal died.

Already on the lawn, the dolphin's body awaiting his transfer to CEPESMA facilities in Luarca, where his responsibilities will be performing the autopsy.

It was an adult, of perhaps 20 or 25 years, common dolphin, recognizable by its color, black and gray and cut into eight. Unlike the mule, the classic aquariums, whose presence is usual in the vicinity of the coast, the common herd lives in about 20 or 30 miles offshore, so its location near the coast is an indicator of that something is wrong. Or is disoriented, suffers from some disease or is injured.

The latter seems to be the cause of the stranding, the second to be produced in Asturias in just two days. "Just yesterday Luarca locate a basking shark," said Luis Laria, which ensures that at this time is when they give percentages of the presence of cetaceans in the Asturian coast due to the poor condition of the sea means that these animals are less outstanding external agents such as fishing gear.

Other apparent cause of the stranding strandings of dolphins in the port riosellano in addition to another case this year, last summer and also on the coast of Ribadesella, two on the beach in Vega and one on the beach of Santa Marina. In the latter case there was no option to recover the animal, which was finally had to euthanize it.

Also, during last summer's dolphins were found stranded two in the eastern seaboard, both now dead. One common, in the Arenal de Moris, in Caravia, late last August, whose death could be due to a severe infection, and second, a striped dolphin on the beach of San Antolin Llanes, who had several cuts apparently caused by rocks.

Months, in May, after another specimen was also located in an advanced state of decomposition in planning Torimbia already in the town of Llanes Niembro.

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