A few days ago, a member of El Gouna community reported to HEPCA the presence of a stranded dead dolphin north of El Gouna and this triggered our prompt intervention and inspection.HEPCA research team worked on the site for two consecutive days, proceeding with data collection as described in internationally widespread protocols in order to investigate the possible causes of death through external and internal examination.
From a preliminary inspection it would appear to be a young bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops spp.), the species could not be determined. No signs of human activities and bycatch were noticed on the carcass, whose condition where estimated as “moderate decomposition”: no wounds, nor gears, abrasion, major cuts, missing appendices nor fractures have been recorded. The animal, despite the swollenness due to the decomposition, appeared in moderate nutritional status, indicating the unlikelihood of a long-term chronic infection or disease. However, visual inspection of internal tissues has generated some concerns and images are being sent to veterinarians who would hopefully help diagnose possible pathologies of internal organs and systems.
Images of the dorsal fin and other features useful for identification of the animal are being cross-analysed with the available catalogues in the attempt to recognize the individual.
HEPCA team would like to thank David for alerting and helping us and urge you to report stranded animals found along our shores as soon as possible to HEPCA Office 065-3445035 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you find a carcass washed ashore DO NOT TOUCH IT and report it as soon as possible: the prompter the report, the higher the chance to conduct an accurate examination on a corpse not too compromised yet.