Posted by: The ocean update | February 21, 2016

Dolphin Found on East Hampton Beach Dies (NY, USA)

Carrie Krempler

Carrie Krempler

February 21st, 2016 (Taylor K. Vecsey). East Hampton Village police tried to help rescue a stranded dolphin this weekend, though it was later euthanized while under the care of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. 

Police called the Riverhead Foundation on Saturday at about 9:30 a.m. after the live dolphin was found in the sand between Main and Georgica Beaches, according to Sgt. Kevin Duchemin. He said it was clear the dolphin was in distress.

Two biologists and an intern from the foundation arrived at about 11:30 a.m. and decided to transport the underweight male dolphin to the foundation’s hospital facility in Riverhead. Village police helped carry the 268-pound, 7-foot-10-inch dolphin off the beach using a stretcher to a police pickup truck, which took it to the foundation’s transport vehicle.

The biolgists transported the dolphin back to the facility, where it was introduced into a cetacean tank, which is 30 feet in diameter and holds 40,000 gallons of water kept at 10 degrees Celsius. The dolphin was tube-fed fluids to help rehydrate it. Blood samples were taken and submitted to a lab to determine if bacteria were causing an illness. Those results are still pending.

The dolphin’s health continued to deteriorate overnight and into Sunday. Blood was found in its gastrointestinal tract, and it was having difficulty swimming, the foundation said.

Ed Sibylline : the dolphin has been killed !

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