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Further investigation on finless porpoise show malnutrition
    2021-03-26  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

“THE finless porpoise found at Shenzhen eastern beach died of a propeller strike. The most depressing thing is that the porpoise’s stomach was empty,” a volunteer from the Shenzhen Blue Ocean Conservation Association revealed the latest investigation results to Shenzhen Special Zone Daily on Wednesday.

A citizen found a dead Indo-Pacific finless porpoise at a beach in Yangmeikang in Dapeng New Area on Tuesday.

As a follow-up report on this, the joint investigation by experts from Sun Yat-sen University and Guangdong Ocean University has found the porpoise’s stomach empty upon death. The investigation also confirmed the animal is 15 years old and measures 1.5 meters long.

Upon its death, it was covered with four large wounds on both sides of its body, each measuring more than 20 centimeters. The direct cause of the porpoise’s death is blunt force trauma to its pulmonary artery from the propellers of a boat.

The porpoise was found malnourished as well. Prior to its death, it suffered an array of health problems like pulmonary nodule, swollen pancreas and parasites surrounding its breast. What distressed the experts most was the porpoise had not been able to catch any fish or shrimp long before it died.

Experts from Sun Yat-sen University suggested Shenzhen start a special investigation and further research on finless porpoises. The study should cover details such as the population, habits and some other information on marine animals active in the Pearl River and Daya Bay. The experts also suggested Shenzhen expand the forbidden fishing areas in the city’s waters and build conservation zones in the offshore areas where finless porpoises, dolphins, whales, sharks and corals would frequently appear. The experts also suggested the city to compulsively limit the speed of speedboats and ask sailors to install protective covers on propellers. Experts also suggests citizens and fishermen continue strengthening their marine protection awareness.

(Chen Siqi)

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