Monday, November 30, 2015

Probe into dolphin death


Officials prepare to remove the dolphin carcass from the Union Village beach, Vessigny. Photo by DAVE PERSAD

Donstan Bonn

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 Veterinarian Medicine

at UWI, St Augustine. The dolphin was found in the surf by residents Russel Partap and wife Dawn at around 7:30a.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 has 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 used of the oil spill dispersant Corexit 9500.

Officials of the Institute of Marine Affairs 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 9a.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.