Friday, February 23, 2018

Dead dolphin at Vessigny



A necropsy will be performed today to determine the cause of death of a dolphin found on the beach at Union Village, Vessigny, yesterday.

The animal was found not far from where an oil spill came ashore at La Brea last December, and where dead fish have been found over the past two weeks.

The dolphin carcass was taken to the School of Veterinary Medicine at UWI, St Augustine.

The dolphin was found in the surf by residents Russel Partap and wife Dawn at around 7.30 a.m. The couple pulled the animal ashore and contacted officials of the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) who were close by conducting water quality tests, related to the recent oil spill in La Brea, where a number of dead mullets have surfaced.

Residents have questioned why the dead fish had only surfaced in the La Brea area. Some have fallen ill blaming the oil spill and the fish for their illness.

The EMA has issued a statement, explaining that the dead mullet had not died from the use of the oil spill dispersant Corexit 9500.

Officials of the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) also visited and measured the animal at three metres.

An official of the Trinidad and Tobago Marine Mammals Stranding Network said that a necropsy, which is an autopsy done on animals, will be conducted at 9 a.m. to determine the age, sex, and species of the mammal.

An initial examination found parasites on the creature’s body. The necropsy will be conducted by Dr Rod Seupaul and Dr Carla Phillips.