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Bottle Nose Dolphin Killed in Northern Belize

Tonight, the Ministry of the Blue Economy and its Fisheries Department say they are saddened and displeased with the killing of a Bottlenose dolphin near Progresso and Little Belize Lagoon in northern Belize. The incident took place sometime around July seventeen. Reports are that a private property caretaker in the area had secured the Dolphin found floating on the lagoon. The snout was found already partially deteriorated with what appeared to be evidence of a crocodile having already commenced feeding on the carcass. A team from Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development conducted an on-site necropsy and confirmed the mammal was shot in an area approximately twenty centimetres below its dorsal fin. Six pellets were recovered during the necropsy from nine holes left by presumably a twelve-gauge “double-ought” buck shell shotgun. Acting Fisheries Administrator Rigoberto Quintana said the department quote “denounces the senseless killing of the animal and lament the loss of this valuable animal as its species is a contributor to Belize’s biodiversity and has high ecological importance” End quote. Anyone found to have killed or to have in their possession a marine mammal commits an offence punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.