According to reports from France, huge numbers of dolphins have been washing up dead on French beaches once again.
Since the start of 2019, up to 600 dead dolphins have drifted onto beaches along France’s Atlantic coast due, it seems, to incidental capture in in fishing trawls and static fishing nets offshore (also known as bycatch).
The number is higher than any previous year at the same period but, alarmingly, is likely to be the tip of the iceberg, with many more dying but undiscovered.
Over 90% of those washed ashore show the typical and terrible signs of mutilation, amputation and broken jaws caused by bycatch.
Entanglement in fishing nets and gear, is the biggest threat facing dolphins, porpoises and whales. Hundreds of thousands of individuals die a slow and painful death every year. Whales and dolphins can’t breathe underwater. They panic
Original Title: Record numbers of dolphins dead on French beaches
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