By: Hsiao Po-yang and Kay Liu
Taipei, March 20 (CNA) Two dead bottlenose dolphins have been found on
the coast of the central county of Changhua in two days, according to the Coast Guard Administration’s (CGA’s) local unit.
The CGA’s Central Coastal Patrol Office said Sunday that its staff at Lunwei Fishing Port in Lukang Township found a marine mammal body in tetrapods along the seawall a day earlier.
The 2.2-meter long, 150-kilogram dead mammal was identified by the Taiwan Cetacean Society as a bottlenose dolphin, the CGA said.
The staff of the society collected bones and body parts from the dolphin, and sent them to National Taiwan University for further examination to determine the possible causes of its death.
This was the second dead bottlenose dolphin found in Changhua in as many days. On Friday, fishermen reported they saw a dead dolphin near the bank of the Hougang River in Fangyuan Township, 15 kilometers south of Lukang, the CGA said. [FULL STORY]