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