MANILA — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) yesterday reported the death of three of the 17 dolphins sighted in the Lingayen Gulf since Monday.
The three dolphins were believed to have died from injuries inflicted by humans.
BFAR reported that the wounds of some of the dolphins appeared like the dolphins were hit by spear.
Dagupan’s chief of BFAR’s National Integrated Fisheries Technology Center, Westly Rosario said that the bureau is dismayed on how many individuals in the area view dolphins as food.
On Monday afternoon, five more dolphins were seen along the coastal area in Aringay, La Union.
Three of them were released back to the sea, one was taken by an unidentified individual while another one died.
Dead dolphins were also found in Barangay San Isidro Norte, Binmaley town and on Tondaligan Beach in Dagupan City yesterday.