‘Maternal factors’ likely cause of death of baby dolphin found on Safety Bay beach

‘Maternal factors’ likely cause of death of baby dolphin found on Safety Bay beach

A NECROPSY report into the death of a baby dolphin found on a Safety Bay beach has ruled poor water quality was unlikely to have been the cause of death.

The dolphin calf was found by resident Sam Peters washed on the shoreline near the Bent Street boat ramp on April 10.

Department of Parks and Wildlife said the report was performed by a veterinarian at Murdoch University.

“The necropsy indicates that the dolphin was less than 48 hours old and was in poor body condition, so it passed away due to maternal factors,” it said.

“There was no evidence of trauma or defects, or any environmental factors.”

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