Eighty-six dolphins were found dead Tuesday, February 23, on the west coast of Bazaruto Island, near the coast of Mozambique, the country’s environment ministry announced. Several dolphins had already been discovered dead on Sunday in the same place. In total, 111 marine mammals have been found by the authorities.

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An investigation is underway to determine the origin of the death of marine animals. The team of researchers sent to the field did not find any trace of injury on the dolphins, nor any suspicious substance in their digestive system, the authorities said in the press release.

The Bazaruto Archipelago National Park (located in the Mozambique Channel, between the coast of this country and Madagascar) is Mozambique’s first marine park. Its protected waters are home to many marine mammals such as dolphins, whales and dugongs.

It is also home to 180 species of birds, 45 reptiles, 16 types of land mammals, as well as 500 marine and coastal species, and 2,000 fish.

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The World with AFP

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