Tuesday April 13, 2021

30 stranded dolphins rescued alive in Ghana

Published : 09 Apr 2021, 00:04

  DF News Desk

Animal trainers perform with dolphins at Harbin Polarpark in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, March 12, 2021. File Photo: Xinhua.

Local government assembly of Nzema East in Ghana's Western Region said Thursday that 30 stranded dolphins had been rescued alive along the shores in the region and released into the sea, reported Xinhua.

A statement by the assembly said it received a tip-off from an eyewitness describing how the residents who were present when the mammals washed up the shore captured and sent home the huge number for domestic and commercial purposes.

It said around 200 dolphins were washed up to shore last week, and 68 of them were retrieved by the authorities. A total of 30 dolphins were rescued alive, while 38 dolphins had already been buried.

According to the statement, the municipal authorities said they were collaborating with the Fisheries Commission, the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, the Center for Coastal Management at the University of Cape Coast, the Food and Drugs Authority, and other relevant stakeholders in the investigations into the incident.