38 dolphins washed ashore returned to the sea
38 of the sea mammals that were washed ashore at Axim-Bewire in the Western Region last Sunday have been released into the sea.
This was done by a team of experts from the Fisheries Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Around 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 4, 2021, the Axim Bewire Beach was flooded with large sea mammals believed to be melon-headed whales.
The officials, who estimated that 120 dolphins were washed ashore alive indicated that they were weak and unable to swim back to their habitat.
The Acting Director of the Fisheries Commission, Western Region, Alhassan Arafat Salifu in a Citi News interview said “the dolphins that were found alive were released into the sea. The dead ones, however, were disposed of at a dumping site in the Nzema Municipal area”.
“We do not yet know what resulted in the incident and we can’t take chances. We advise all fishermen who may have any of these mammals in their possession to hand them over.”
Meanwhile, the Fisheries Commission has buried 30 of the sea mammals that could not survive.
Though the fisheries sector regulators may not have found all the dead sea mammals for burial, it is the expectation that residents will also not endanger themselves by consuming some of these animals as investigations are currently ongoing to ascertain why they were brought ashore.
Nevertheless, some fishmongers are already preparing these sea mammals for the market.