Saturday, September 23, 2017

Two Dolphins Dead after Fort Myers Beach Stranding

FWC officers with with hand on stranded dolphin on Fort Myers Beach

For all involved in the rescue effort  as well as dolphin lovers alike, the outcome of this morning dolphin stranding on Fort Myers Beach was an unfortunate outcome.

On Thursday around 6 am Florida Fish and Wildlife received a report of  two spotted dolphins found beached  near the Time Square area of Fort Myers Beach.

One dolphin found on the North side of the pier was pronounced dead when wildlife officials arrived on scene.

 The second dolphin was located just South of the pier and was still alive when officials arrived.

Rescue teams worked with the dolphin for more than an hour before it was loaded onto a rescue vehicle but ultimately it had to be euthanized in transit to Mote Marine,  NBC-2 reported.

It is rare to see spot dolphins in such shallow waters, said FWC officials.

It appears that the older female in the group appeared very stressed.

Necropsies of both dolphins will be conducted to determine the cause(s) of death.

Image source: NBC-2 courtesty of Patrick Genualdi


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