A record number of dolphins’ bodies have been found horribly mutilated on the French Atlantic coast.
What has shocked French marine researchers wasn’t just the brutality of the deaths of these highly intelligent mammals, but the numbers involved – a record 1,100 have landed on France’s beaches since January.
The mass deaths, widely blamed on industrial fishing, have alarmed animal welfare groups and prompted France’s ecology minister to launch a national plan to protect them.
“There’s never been a number this high,” Willy Daubin, a member of La Rochelle University’s National Centre for Scientific Research said.
“Already in three…