25/08/2016 – The Risso’s dolphin Akasha washed up dead on Gavà beach
On August 22nd a Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) was found dead stranded on a beach in Gavà (Baix Llobregat). According to the information provided by Rural Agents, the animal measured more than 3 metres in length, its conservation status was M2 and its body was covered by external parasites.
The Risso’s dolphin stranded in Gavà could be identified as the individual names Akasha (code GG0006) in our photo-identification catalogue, thanks to the photographs provided by the Xarxa de Rescat de Fauna Marina. This animal had been previously been sighted in two occasions in April and June 2014.
Cetàcea is conducting the Photo-Identification Project: Whales and dolphins along the Catalan coast since 2014. The study uses photo-identification techniques to obtain information about the cetacean species occurring off the central Catalan coast. During all this time we have been able to identify and catalogue around 40 individuals, some of which have been seen more than one time.
Cases such as this highlight the importance of sharing data and building collaborative relationships between the different organisations, entities and public and private bodies in order to get a global picture of the status of the populations of cetaceans occurring in Catalan waters.
From Cetàcea we would like to thank the Rural Agents and the Xarxa de Rescat de Fauna Marina for their collaboration, which allowed the identification of the Risso’s dolphin in our catalogue. We would also like to thank our friend Miriam for making us aware about the stranding.