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1,100 dead dolphins reportedly discovered on the French coast this year: “There is never a number this high

This photo from March shows dead dolphins on the coast of La Tranche-sur-Mer, on the Atlantic coast, the west of France.
(Cecile Dars, Observatoire Pelagis/CNRS/Université de la Rochelle via AP)

A staggering number of the deceased, mutilated dolphins have reportedly been found on the coast of France this year.

1,100 of the aquatic animals have been discovered on the lands of the Atlantic coast as far, The Associated Press reported Thursday. And the record-breaking figure has already managed to top that by 2018, an investigation official said.

“There is never a number this high,” Willy Daubin, a member of La Rochelle University National Center for Scientific Research, said. “In three months we have beaten the record of last year, which was 2017, and even that was the highest in 40 years.”

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The blame for the death has reportedly been on a large scale, thrown on the industrial fisheries, with a large percentage of those who are after the animals accidentally caught in industrial networks, Daubin said.

A staggering number of the deceased, mutilated dolphins have reportedly been found on the coast of France since the beginning of 2019.
(Helene Peltier, Observatoire Pelagis/CNRS/Université de la Rochelle via AP)

But it is reportedly unclear what has led to the 2019 to increase.

“What fish machinery or equipment is behind all these deaths?” he asked.

Activists claim that a common practice for fishermen to cut parts of the body from the choked dolphins after they are pulled in the nets, as a way to save the net itself.

This photo from February shows a scientist who found a dead dolphin in Chatelaillon and les Boucholeurs, on the Atlantic coast, the west of France.
(Jerome Spitz, Observatoire Pelagis/CNRS/Université de la Rochelle via AP)

Necropsies performed on the animals allegedly exhibited significant mutilation.

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French Ecology Minister Francois de rugy is working to combat the problem. He suggested for encouraging research into acoustic repellent devices, which use signals to discourage the dolphins to approach.

However, the animal rights group Sea Shepherd reportedly said that they do not go far enough and has already labeled such actions as “useless.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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