Protected dolphin's skeleton to be preserved for display in Chongwu

Updated: 19 Aug 2009
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A dolphin who was found dead on Monday after got stranded on a rock near the coast of Chongwu Old Town in Fujian Province, the South East News reported.


An official of the Oceanic and Fishery bureau in Hui'an Town where Chongwu Old Town located, said the 2.8-meter-long sea creature was a Risso's dolphin that is under second-class state protection. These dolphins live mainly in the East Sea, South Sea, and Taiwan Straits in China.


Upon further examination, Ye Huang, a technician at a local first aid center for wildlife, said the dolphin likely stuck a reef and died.


"The dolphin's body surface was scraped by rocks, and its head got hit, bleeding a lot," Ye said. "As for its viscera, the abdomen and lung were bloodshot, and the stomach was empty. At that time, its liver had already collapsed."


According to the expert, the dead dolphin will be dessected and made into a sample skeleton. It will be put on display at the Ocean Animal Specimen Center in the town. Now the center is under construction.




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