Dolphin on Acko Beach April 1997

On April 3rd 1997, we got a report from Acko, on a dolphin swimming slowly near the shore, a fact that usually indicates a stressed animal. Upon attempting by Oz Goffman and the life-guards to approach it in the water, the animal was found out to be a common bottlenose dolphin, bruised, swollen and yet elusive. Four days later, it was found beached, a male, already partly decomposed. Because of the state of the carcass, no definite pathological findings were available apart from deep lacerations and suspicious hemorrhages in the fat layer, perhaps indicative, respectively, of tooth-raking and ramming and by fellow dolphins. The dolphin which turned out to be a juvenile 5 years of age may have been a victim to hierarchy struggles among male pod members.

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