A YOUNG dolphin was found dead on the beach in Denia.
The dolphin weighed nearly 60 kilos and was 1.84 metres long.
Vets and researchers from The Oceanografic Foundation have already begun to analyse the possible causes of the animal’s death – hoping to find out more about the health of dolphins in the Mediterranean and the threats they face.
Jose Luis Crespo, Head of Conservation at L’Oceanografic in Valencia said that it’s not uncommon for a dolphin to beach itself due to illness or injury, swimming in close to shore to take refuge in shallow water and getting trapped by the changing tide.
‘Dolphins, unlike sea turtles, are very weak animals easily dragged along by the current’ he said.
The Oceanografic Foundation and the Red Cross recently ran a joint campaign dedicated to educating those living along the Costa Blanca coastline on the stranding of marine animals
The educational sessions were held in Alcossebre, Gandia, Guardamar del Segura, Javea, Nules and Oliva where the associations explained what to do when finding a beached animal.