The Ghana News Agency reported that several of the dolphins had been butchered and sold off by some residents to fishmongers.
AUTHORITIES in Ghana have been left baffled after about 60 dolphins and several dead fish washed up ashore the coast of Brawire and Ankobra, both in the Lower Axim traditional area of the west of the country on Monday.
According to various media reports, local fishermen said the phenomenon was extremely rare.
The Ghana News Agency (GNA) reported that seven of the aquatic mammals had been butchered and sold off by some residents to fishmongers.
It quoted an eyewitness as saying most of the dolphins were alive and that officers from the Marine Police Unit of the Ghana Police Service managed to trace and seize those taken by residents for sale.
According to the BBC, Ghana’s Fisheries Commission said samples had been taken for laboratory analysis.
The commission said it had set up a probe into the emergence of the dead fish at the Osu Castle beach over the weekend.
Ghanaweb.com reported that the Food and Drugs Authority had dispatched a team to fish markets in Osu and other coastal areas to prevent fish that had been washed ashore from entering the markets.
According to GNA, a similar incident occurred at Osu in Ghana’s capital Accra on Saturday, when large species of dead fish were washed ashore. Authorities in Korle Klottey municipality sounded the alarm against the consumption of such fish.
In February, 111 dolphins were found dead off the coast of Mozambique.
– African News Agency (ANA)