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Finless porpoises suffer unnatural deaths
    2019-04-16  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

TWO finless porpoises found dead in Dapeng New Area were confirmed to have died of unnatural causes, according to an autopsy report, the Shenzhen Evening News reported.

The two dead finless porpoises were discovered in the Judiaosha sea area off Dapeng between March 10 and 12.

The first one was spotted by a professional sailing instructor March 10. On the morning of the next day, the Shenzhen Institute of Guangdong Ocean University went to the scene after receiving a report from relevant departments and brought the porpoise back to the laboratory.

A preliminary examination showed that it was an adult female finless porpoise and about 150 centimeters long. The time of death was around one day or two days previous. The finless porpoise had a gray-black body and smooth skin. It had no obvious injuries except for a slight abrasion on its tail fin.

On the evening of March 12, the institute received another report from local fishermen who saw a finless porpoise floating belly up on the water surface. The dead finless porpoise was 155 centimeters long, but was found with half of its tail fin missing. It had died more than 48 hours before, the report said.

The two finless porpoises were autopsied and dissected by a research group from the institute Thursday morning. Both porpoises had food in their stomachs that had not been fully digested, which indicated unnatural deaths.

Moreover, the dead porpoise found March 10 was pregnant.

According to experts with the institute, finless porpoises are vivacious, and like chasing boats and cruising. Therefore, they are prone to getting injured and killed by boat propellers.

(Zhang Yu)

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