Tue, 25 July 2017
Last Updated: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 6am
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Speared dugong swim ashore to die

THE unexpected happened on Thursday at the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources head office when from the ocean; a dugong came ashore and died at the Ministry’s ramp (seafront).

The event which seemed unusual was the first of its kind to have occurred, stirring many of the Ministry’s officers to stand and watch in amazement.

After careful observations, it was determined that the dugong was believed to had been speared by fishermen at sea a while ago, and had come ashore to die.

“It had a huge spear mark on its side believed to have been inflicted by fishermen.

“It was indeed so sad to see it coming slowly ashore, rested on our ramp and died peacefully there,” a witness informed this paper, Thursday.

“This is the first time such has occurred in our premises. It’s amazing and at the same time sad to have seen what happened,” an officer from the Ministry recalled.

The corpse was believed to have been butchered and then shared amongst those who were at the scene on Thursday.


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