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Upset as three dolphins found dead 

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An investigation is underway after three dolphins were found dead within a week of each other in Fuerteventura.

The distressing incidents all happened during the first week of January in different points of the coast of the municipality of Puerto del Rosario.

The first stranding was recorded on January 1st in Rosa de las Aguas, in the vicinity of Puerto Lajas, after receiving an alert on 112. The animal was in an advanced state of decomposition.

On the second day of January, the Civil Guard of Puerto del Rosario and 112 warned of the stranding of a common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), and on January 5, a baby dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) appeared on the beach in the vicinity of El Matorral.

The first dolphin was in an advanced state of decomposition, so the cause of the stranding cannot be determined. The other two animals are being examined for clues.

The corpses were removed by the body of Environment Agents of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura and will be analysed by the University Institute of Animal Health.