A 30-kilo spinner dolphin was found dead along the shore of Pristine Beach on Sunday.
Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) spokesperson Jovic Fabello said that based on a necropsy conducted by the Palawan Wildlife Rescue Conservation Center (PWRCC) on the marine mammal, it suffered from hypovolemic shock or a condition where its heart was unable to pump enough blood to the body leading to organ failure.
The test also revealed that the animal suffered from pneumonia.
“Walang sign ng trauma at ang suspetsa ay may infections. Probably, pneumonia ang cause kasi ang left lobe ng kanyang lungs ay mayrong early stage ng pneumonia. Sumabog ang kanyang right lung,” he said.
He said they have already buried the dolphin in an area of the PCSD facility in Barangay Irawan.
Fabello said that it is a normal phenomenon where marine animals die and wash ashore.
“Marami kasing dahilan [kung bakit madalas may napapadpad na marine animals] unless macheck natin based doon sa actual evidence o kapag patay na ay ine-necropsy sya. Normal phenomenon naman na nangyayari ‘yan. Pwedeng anthropological o gawa ng tao, may sakit sila or may nangyari sa high seas kaya sila na disorrient at napunta dito sa mababaw,” Fabello said.
The dolphin was collected from the area by the Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community ENRO and Dr. Terry Aquino.