400 Dolphins Found Dead On African Coast - TennisForum.com
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 2006, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
A Young Troubadour.
Cat's Pajamas's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: With Kristy Lee.
Posts: 16,367
Unhappy 400 Dolphins Found Dead On African Coast

400 Dolphins Wash Up Dead Off African Coast

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (April 29) - Scientists worked Saturday to try to determine why hundreds of dolphins became stranded in shallow waters and later washed up dead along the shore of a popular tourist destination on Zanzibar's northern coast.

Villagers and fishermen buried the remains of about 400 bottleneck dolphins - which live in deep offshore waters - whose carcasses washed up Friday along a 2.5-mile stretch between Kendwa and Nungwi.

Scientists suspect the animals were disturbed and stressed by some unknown factor or were poisoned before they died, said Narriman Jiddawi, a marine biologist at the Institute of Marine Science of the University of Dar es Salaam.

A preliminary examination of their stomach contents failed to show the presence of squid beaks and otoliths - the ear stones that are found directly behind the brain of bony fishes that are eaten by dolphins, Jiddawi said.

This indicates that the dolphins had either not eaten for a long time or had vomited very severely, she said.

Their general condition, however, appears to show that they had eaten recently since their ribs were not clearly visible under the skin.

Experts were preparing to further examine the dolphins' stomachs for traces of residue poison, including from the toxic "red tides" of algae.

Experts also planned to examine the dolphins' heads to assess whether they had been affected by military sonar.

In the United States, experts were investigating the possibility that sonar from U.S. submarines could have been responsible for a similar incident in Marathon, Florida, where 68 deep-water dolphins stranded themselves in March 2005.

A U.S. Navy task force patrols the coast of East Africa as part of counterterrorism operations. A Navy official was not immediately available for comment, but the service rarely comments on the location of submarines at sea.

Zazinbar's resorts attract many visitors who come to watch and swim with wild dolphins.

The Indo-Pacific bottlenose, humpback and spinner porpoises, commonly known as dolphins, are the most common species in Zanzibar's coastal waters, with bottlenose and humpback dolphins often found in mixed-species groups.

The most conclusive link between the use of military sonar and injury to marine mammals was observed from the stranding of beached whales in 2000 in the Bahamas. The U.S. Navy later acknowledged that sonar likely contributed to the stranding of the extremely shy species.

"These animals must have been disoriented and ended up in shallow waters, where they died," fisherman Abdallah Haji, 43, said as he helped bury the dolphins near the bloodied beach.

Residents had cut open their bellies to take the animals' livers, which they use to make waterproofing material for boats.

"We have never seen this type of dolphins in our area," said the man, who has fished in Zanzibar waters for more than two decades.


poor dolphins

Walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
Cat's Pajamas is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 2006, 11:45 PM
Senior Member
Reuchlin's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,825

Venus: US Open Champ (2000, 2001) Wimbledon Champ (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007)
Reuchlin is offline  
post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2006, 12:29 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: - GONE -
Posts: 24,283
That is horrible. Those things always shake me up inside, cause I somehow always feel it's a sign of something bad coming.
SilK is offline  
post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2006, 12:41 AM
Senior Member
Kirt12255's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Melbourne Australia
Posts: 2,764

****** Dasha Sam, Jarka, Casey, Serena , then the guys with nice asses on the ATP, followed by other Aussies, bit of a gap...then Venus.....bit of a bum scratch...then will watch Lisiki or Radwanksa...gap...everyone else (or sleep) ******Pending membership for the Ash Barty Return Band Wagon*****
Kirt12255 is offline  
post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2006, 12:46 AM
Senior Member
Brooklyn90's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: New York City
Posts: 13,338
that's so sad
Brooklyn90 is offline  
post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2006, 12:56 AM
Senior Member
skanky~skanketta's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Not paradise thats fo sho
Posts: 15,458
how horrible!

skanky~skanketta is offline  
post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2006, 12:58 AM
Senior Member
Wannabeknowitall's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Philadelphia, PA USA
Posts: 17,274
That really is sad.
Are they edible though? If they are they might as well not go to waste.
It just is really sad. Those poor edible dolphins.

"Everybody always said I didn't get that job because my wife is white. If you're not strong enough to look through that then you have the issue."
-Charlie Strong, assistant head coach of the Florida Gators

Black presidents of the US=1
Black head coaches in the SEC=0
Something needs to change.
Wannabeknowitall is offline  
post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2006, 01:00 AM
Senior Member
SzavayFi's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Pleasure Town
Posts: 11,683
how sad
SzavayFi is offline  
post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2006, 01:02 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: - GONE -
Posts: 24,283
Originally Posted by Wannabeknowitall
That really is sad.
Are they edible though? If they are they might as well not go to waste.
It just is really sad. Those poor edible dolphins.
well, if they turn out to be poisoned... I doubt anybody would want to eat them.
SilK is offline  
post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2006, 02:24 AM
Senior Member
Lennval's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Spain
Posts: 9,120
poor them
Lennval is offline  
post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2006, 02:40 AM
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
Martian Stacey's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: London, UK
Posts: 30,481
Thats so sad

Martian Stacey is offline  
post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2006, 04:24 AM
Senior Member
Solitaire's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 6,306
Awww that's horrid. But it reminds me of a scene in "The Craft".

The woods are hopeless. Don't waste your time, they will be destroyed. So will the marsh. It is a losing game mankind has played for more than a century. Sadness is what you are, do not deny it. The universe is a lonely place, a painful place. This is what we can share between us, period.
Solitaire is offline  
post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2006, 07:29 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Erm...
Posts: 28,989

Sharapova's_Boy is offline  
post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2006, 08:54 AM
Senior Member
schris's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Germany
Posts: 5,760

Stefanie Graf - Queen of the Courts - The Best Single Player Ever!

Friday, 13 August 1999

"I`ve Done What I`ve Wanted To Do.

I Have Nothing More To Prove."
schris is offline  
post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2006, 08:56 AM
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
CooCooCachoo's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 63,522

Once, when I was in The Gambia, I saw a dead dolphin lying on the beach too. It smelled really foul

Poor scientists too!


Bemelmans|Camerin|Cornet|Crivoi|Cuevas|Dentoni|Dod ig|Garbin|Granollers
Hlavackova|Ilhan|Kohli|Kuznetsov|Lammer|Mannarino| Menendez|Phau|Polansky

CooCooCachoo is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome