Posted by: The ocean update | April 5, 2016

Dolphin found stranded in Guilford euthanized after no rescue efforts (Connecticut, USA)

A dolphin found stranded Tuesday in Guilford was euthanized after rescue efforts. Christopher Toothaker photo

A dolphin found stranded Tuesday in Guilford was euthanized after no rescue efforts. Christopher Toothaker photo

April 5th, 2016 ( Sarah Page Kyrcz). GUILFORD >> A dolphin, found about noon Tuesday in the West River near Brown’s Boatyard, was too weak and sick to save and was euthanized before being transported to Mystic Aquarium.

Ed Sibylline : so cool… And what were the reasons of the “illness” and “weakness” ? An hospitalization could have been able to answer to this question. Save money is definitely more important ! This specie is not interesting for captivity…

It was estimated that the Atlantic white-sided dolphin, a male, was about a year old and weighed about 100 pounds.

The animal was in distress and killed at the scene by a team from Mystic Aquarium Animal Death Program. The team included Chief Clinical Veterinarian Jenn Flower, Stranding Coordinator Janelle Schuh, Veterinary Intern Ari Fustukjian and Veterinary Extern Gillian Striano-Kaplan.

The Animal Death Program is the responding agency for Connecticut, Rhode Island and Fisher’s Island in New York for both marine mammals and sea turtles.

Schuh said the dolphin was in poor shape when they arrived.

“Really thin animal. Very obvious that it was a calf, a young animal that should still be with mom,” Schuh said. “Mom’s not around, so it was apparent to us that it probably hadn’t been with mom for some time because of how thin it was.”

Ed Sibylline : use “mom” and other “humane words” show the high degree of ability of this team of death.

Prior to sedating and euthanizing the animal, blood samples were taken and will be tested at Mystic Aquarium. (Ed Sibylline : to know what was the problem, probably…).

“He was very weak,” said Animal Control Officer Danielle Borrelli, whose office was alerted by a bird watcher in the area. “He should still be with his mom, and the fact that he wasn’t is a bad sign.”

Schuh said it is not out of the ordinary for a dolphin to be in this area.

“We do have a decent number of different dolphin species that come in our waters all year-round,” said Schuh. “We don’t see too many Atlantic white-sided, but that’s not to say we haven’t seen them before.”

Flower said her office was grateful to get the call about the stranded dolphin.

“We, of course, always would prefer that the animals stay swimming in the open ocean where they belong,” she said. “Thankfully the people here sighted him and we were able to come and relieve his suffering. Unfortunately a lot of times people don’t see them and they have to stay on the beach until they, unfortunately, succumb to whatever problem they had.”

A necropsy will be performed on the animal to determine cause of death.

“Every stranded animal, which is the case for this particular animal, helps us learn more about the species in general and gives us a better sense, overall, of what’s going on out in the ocean,” Schuh said.

Ed Sibylline : he just learns how humane is irresponsible before the loss of biodiversity !

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