A baby dolphin found swimming alone and disoriented after losing its family near a tourist beach on the island of Ibiza has died.
The little dolphin was sighted on the tourist beach of Calo des Moro belonging to the municipality of Sant Antoni de Portmany located on the island of Ibiza in the eastern Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands yesterday (Thursday 10th September).
According to the official report, it was spotted by a swimmer who raised the alarm to the emergency services.
Environmental Agents of the Balearic Government and the municipal coordinator of Beaches of the City Council went to the rescue.
As the dolphin, of unknown species, was within the swimming area delimited by buoys, the few bathers who swam on the beach were evacuated and a lifeguard pulled the cetacean out of the water.
Unfortunately at the time of the rescue, the little dolphin was already dead.
Once out of the water, the Environment Agents were able to verify that the dolphin cub, about 93 centimetres (36.61 inches) long, had no visible lesions, so the reasons for its death are unknown.
The sighting of oceanic dolphins in the Mediterranean sea is very common since these cetaceans inhabit waters in all the tropical, subtropical, and temperate-warm waters of the planet.
On the other hand, dolphins, considered one of the most intelligent animals on the planet, are social animals that live in family groups.
Even some injured or sick individuals are cared for by others so it is rare to find isolated specimens.
The autopsy results are awaited to clarify the reasons for death.
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