dolphins found dead in Mauritania
June 11 2004 at 04:21PM
Dakar - Forty-nine dolphins have been found dead on beaches in
Mauritania, the deputy head of the north-west African country's
oceanography and fishing institute, Mika Diop, told reporters here
The dolphin carcasses were found early this week on beaches in
southern Mauritania, near the border with Senegal.
A team from the oceanography institute had seen four dead dolphins
on the beach on Mboyo island, seven kilometres from the Senegalese
border on Monday, and the following day found the carcasses of 45
more dolphins nearby, said Diop.
Rumours of the mammals' deaths had been circulating in the
Senegalese capital Dakar among environmental activists, who said
they believed the dolphins had died after underwater explosions
were carried out to look for oil.
The precise reason for the dolphins' deaths is still not known,