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Two dolphins rescued from Tulum waters die

Tulum,Q.R. — Two dolphins found stranded earlier this week in Tulum waters have reportedly died. According to the Mexican Association of Habitats for the Interaction and Protection of Marine Mammals (AMHMAR), despite efforts, the two dolphins found Sunday in the area of the Tulum National Park have died.

According to a statement, one was an adult female that died around 1:00 p.m. July 26. The death of the baby dolphin was recorded around 9:00 a.m. July 27.

Both mammals were located on July 25 and taken to a care facility for treatment by veterinarians.

“To avoid unnecessary stress in the handling of these animals, AMHMAR staff, under the supervision of PROFEPA and with the support of CONANP and staff from the Villa Pescadores hotel in Tulum, set up a portable pool a few meters from the beach where they covered it with shade to attend to the young, a male 120 cms long and approximately 6 months old,” the statement said.

It was added that specialists in animal care and veterinarians carried out permanent surveillance and assistance of the small specimen, which had a decreased likelyhood of survival due to the death of its mother.

On Monday afternoon, the young male dolphin was feeding and showed improvement, however, on Tuesday, staff noticed a rapid deterioration process, which led the team to again assist the baby to float and breathe at the surface.

Authorities did say what caused the death of the dolphins.