Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Risso's Dolphin rescued off the coast of Santa Pola

Troops of the Marine Unit of the Local Police of Santa Pola (Alicante), aided by a Maritime Rescue boat Red Cross, have rescued a dolphin gray cauldron of about 3.5 meters long and located very close to the shore the onset of the Great Beach and the sea that swept to go his way without further incident, as reported in a statement the City of Santa Pola.

 Around 09.00 am on Tuesday, from Santa Pola Nautical Club informed the local police in the presence of a large whale in the channel and beached boat launch next to the club and close to the shore of Great Playa.

Maritime Unit members posted to the site found the fin of a dolphin approaching large turning toward shore in the Great Beach, so it began operations needed to approach the animal and try to rescue him.

After several attempts, finally managed to tie the dolphin with a rope. In those moments came a Maritime Rescue boat Santa Pola, one of whose crew, equipped with wet suit, jumped into the water and checked by touch that the animal did not suffer any injury.

 Thus, the protocol was activated action foreseen for these cases and reported the incident to the Local Police Headquarters, the Local Development Agency and the Department of Environment. Also contacted the Department of Zoology, University of Valencia, who were instructed to follow the guidelines with the animal.

Following these instructions, the Marine Unit identified the whale as an exemplary pilot whale Risso's dolphin - Granpus griseus - included in the National Catalogue of Endangered Species, with an approximate length of 3.5 meters.

Subsequently, the whale towed to deeper waters, where it was released and was observed until finally continued his march, said the source.


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