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Dolphins, whale and turtle wash up on Sotavento beaches

Strong southwesterly winds, whipping up this week’s waves, have seen two dolphins, one whale and a turtle wash up dead on eastern Algarve beaches.

The first incidents happened on Tuesday, reports Correio da Manhã, when an adult dolphin, measuring around two metres, was found on Tavira’s Praia do Barril. Not far away in Vila Real de Santo António, the carcass of a baby dwarf-whale, measuring 1.5 metres, washed in to Manta Rota beach.

The following day, a young dolphin was found dead on Faro Beach, with injuries “presumed to have been caused by boat propellers, while the remains of a decomposing turtle were discovered on Loulé’s popular Anção beach.

Said biologist Mariana Sequeira, “this is a perfectly normal situation. It all has to do with the southwesterly waves that bring dead animals into shore”.

The animals could have died from natural causes or accidents, she said – stressing that every year at least 30 dolphin carcasses wash up on Portuguese beaches.

The incidents have all been “accompanied by the respective ports authorities”, adds CM.

Photo: Polícia Marítima