By Micah Halpern
A bottlenose dolphin was found dead in a fish farm in the port of Ashdod.
There are only an estimated 300-400 of these dolphins in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. They are considered “vulnerable” – in other words, they are at risk of extinction.
The authorities and investigators and, of course, the expert marine biologists were all called to make certain that there was no foul play at the fish farm.
They discovered that the body of this eight-foot-long dolphin had marks around the dorsal fin and the pectoral fins. It was determined that the dolphin had probably gotten tangled in the fishing nets or ropes that are used to secure ships in the Ashdod port.
Other marks were also seen on the dolphin. According to the scientists, those marks were caused by members of the pod that had tried to free the dolphin. Dolphins work together to solve common problems. As a pod they even coordinate to take out sharks.
This is the third dolphin this year to be washed ashore. All three of these dolphins were caught in nets or ropes.
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