Shocking photos have gone viral on Chinese social media showing what appears to be a baby Chinese white dolphin that has been cut up into pieces by fishermen with its head and body parts preserved in blood-soaked boxes on the street.
The disturbing images have ignited an uproar and sparked a police investigation in Zhuhai. Police say that they have collected the remains of the dolphin’s body, and have issued a summons for three suspects in connection with the incident.
Experts say that the dismembered dolphin is most likely a young Chinese white dolphin — an endangered species that is under first-class state protection in China. The Chinese white dolphin lives in the Pearl River Delta where it has seen its population severely threatened because of pollution and poaching.
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