the Dolphins are missing fins and other body parts, when the dead wash up on the coast of France.
the Start of 2019, it has been historically brutal with the 1100 mutilated dolphins found on the French coast since January, writes the AP.
It is a dramatic increase compared with previous years.
- There have never been so many (mutilated dolphins, red.). Already in three months we have beaten last year's record, there was an increase compared with 2017.
And it was even the highest in 40 years, says Willy Daubin, which is part of a research team at the La Rochelle University, who has studied the mutilated dolphins.
It is unclear to the researchers what the surge is due to, although 90 percent of the dead dolphins believed to have perished after being caught in fishnet, tells Duabin.
The French økologiminister, François de Rugy, is now entered in the case.