Cancún, Q.R. — A dolphin that was found sick and stranded off Isla Mujeres last week has died.
The male dolphin, who was believed to be around 20 years old, died despite efforts by the medical staff at Dolphin Discovery. Veterinarians and on-site animal specialists tended to the mammal 24-hours-per-day, but said they were unable to save him.
They reported that the cause of death was chronic parasites. The body of the dolphin was infested with parasites, a situation that occurs when the immune system is not functioning.
Dr. Roberto Sánchez, Director of Veterinary Medicine at Dolphin Discovery said, “We did everything humanly and medically possible to contribute to the recovery of the dolphin. Dolphin Discovery provided the resources and the necessary personnel, but unfortunately his state of health was critical and it was not possible to save his life.”
The dolphin was discovered August 15 off Isla Mujeres at the Yucatan port of Telchac and transferred to the Dolphin Discovery facilities on Isla Mujeres by the Mexican Navy.