Dolphin washes up on northern Vietnam beach

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The carcass of a black-skinned dolphin weighing 245 kilograms was found on a rocky beach in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong Tuesday, news website Dan Tri reported without identifying its species.

Scratches thought to be caused by rocks were found on the animal, which is nearly three meters long, but, without equipment or experts, authorities in Hien Hao Commune were unable to identify the cause of its death.

Local buried the mammal, which is worshiped by Vietnamese fishermen everywhere, in accordance with traditional customs.

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Earlier, in March, a white-skinned dolphin -- again unidentified -- measuring 2.2 meters swam into Lan Ha Bay also in Hai Phong.

Locals, who fed it fish from their fish farms, believed that it had strayed from its group.

But it died 10 days later and was also buried.

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