Conservation group looks for man in hooked dolphin photo


‘Sailor 16’ poses for a photograph while holding a hooked dolphin, which he said was accidentally caught from South Africa. Photo from his Facebook account

MANILA, Philippines—A man who had posted a photo of himself on Facebook with a hooked dolphin was now being hunted by a non-government organization.

“The man is said to be working aboard a long-line tuna boat” that uses ” metal hooks to catch its target species, which is yellowfin tuna,” Earth Island Institute (EII) Philippines said in a statement released Friday.

The man who was identified by EEI as “Sailor 16″ said on a televised interview that the dolphin was accidentally caught somewhere in South Africa.

“We urge the general public to help us obtain more information with regard to the name of the boat Sailor 16 works in so we can send an alert out to track this boat, and its tuna delivery,” EEI said.

It said that sharks are more usually caught by tuna fishing boats but not dolphins which “never bite metal hooks as they sense this through their sonar”.

“The dolphin shown in the photograph was probably caught intentionally,” EEI said. “It is also doubtful if the incident happened in South Africa as the government does not issue fishing licenses to foreign boats.”

EEI has an agreement with over 400 tuna companies worldwide that they will not buy “tuna that is caught by chasing, harassing, or killing dolphins,” it said.

It also has its International Monitoring Program (IMP) initiated in the 1990s which has been “the largest private-sector led monitoring program that aims to track the tuna from its source to the end buyers, ensuring that the tuna were not caught in association with dolphins,” EEI said.

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  • akramgolteb

    EII ba o EEI? Ano ba talaga tita? D ba na edit itong article?

  • Manuel Marfil Jr.

    yes i believe that dolphin is creature of nature so we need to gave important on dolphin because dolphin is very important in our ecosystem and yet dolphin gave color to our naturre and besides dolphin is an intellegent mammals that we need to give crucial attention and dolphin is one of great mamals that we have because it is one ofthe important on htis universe

  • Manuel Marfil Jr.

    and also they need to do something for them to give important details on dolphin laws and give them on how to be good with them and gave them the right to live and im very love animals and i gave them the right love that they need to

  • MarkB

    Nhoy Tasara ang name ng taong to. Nakapost sa facebook un picture. Sampahan na ng kaso itong taong parang maging example and warning sa lahat..

  • joeldcndcn

    you can’t accuse this filipino with what these environmentalists are saying, he is paid onboard a ship whose business is whale hunting, dolphin hunting and fishing, He is doing what he is expected to do as a paid seafarer, just shut your mouth and get to your works, tsk, tsk, tsk!

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