(La Maddalena, 06 Feb 21) Dolphin carcass adrift. Yesterday, the prompt intervention for its recovery. Yesterday morning, thanks to a report by Gianpiero Carcangiu, that signalled the presence of a dolphin carcass adrift near the military base of the island of Santo Stefano, we promptly activated the Seame Sardinia Onlus Association. After an initial inspection by the Port Authority, the Seame Association and the Park staff got involved to locate the animal and collect as much data as possible.
The dolphin was almost completely submerged, floated partially and showed an evident state of deterioration. For this reason, operations had not been easy. It was a female of striped dolphin (𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘦𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘦𝘰𝘢𝘭𝘣𝘢) of just over 2 metres in length, one of the most iconic and abundant species of cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea.
We remind you that the Mediterranean striped dolphin sub-population is classified as "Vulnerable" in the #Redlist of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
This is the fourth intervention carried out in the last 12 months, relating to cetacean beaching in the area of the Arcipelago di La Maddalena National Park.
EA ME Sardinia has been collaborating since 2019 with the Arcipelago di La Maddalena National Park for interventions on cetaceans and sea turtles, as part of the regional Network for the conservation of the marine fauna, established by the Nature Protection Service of the Environment Department in the Sardinia Region.
Note: in case of beaching and/or sighting of sea turtles, dolphins or other cetaceans in distress, do not get too close to the animal, avoid touching it and immediately call the Port Authority (1530), the CVFA (1515) or the numbers of the SEA ME Sardinia intervention groups: +39 3494712348 and +39 3714389134.