A bottle-nosed dolphin died after it was trapped inside a fisherman’s net in Sitio Malabong, Barangay 2, Ilog, Negros Occidental Wednesday morning.
Fisherman Amelito Moreno and his two companions found the dolphin when they pulled their net from the water around 7 a.m.
“We were wondering why the net was so heavy and when we saw the dead dolphin, we didn’t recognize it at first as a dolphin, we thought it was just some kind of big fish so we decided to carry it with us in our pumpboat and brought it to the municipal hall,” said Moreno.
The dolphin had several wounds on its body due to the hooks attached to the net that was wrapped around its body.
The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Kabankalan City said that the bottle-nosed dolphin, which has been declared critically-endangered and commonly found in Bais City in Negros Oriental, may have lost its way and passed along the beaches of Ilog.
“Those who will be caught slaughtering or selling critically-endangered species will pay a penalty of P500,000 to P1 million and/or imprisonment for not less than 20 years,” said Luz Salazar, Chief of the Parks and Wildlife Coastal Zone Management Service in CENRO Kabankalan.
Salazar recommended the body of the dead dolphin to be buried and not be slaughtered for its meat.