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Beached Dolphin Dies In Stone Harbor

STONE HARBOR, N.J. (CBS) — A beached dolphin that washed ashore Tuesday morning in Stone Harbor has died.

A jogger discovered the five foot long dolphin on the beach near 85th Street and First Avenue. Despite the efforts of a police officer and a volunteer from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, the animal died 90 minutes later.

Stranding Center director Bob Schoelkopf says this is the eighth dolphin to wash up on the New Jersey coastline within the last two months and it is the eleventh since March.

“That’s a common number. I think last year we had seven and the year before that we had ten, so it’s not uncommon,” said Schoelkopf.

Nor is he concerned about any possible health problems. This is the time of year dolphins typically migrate to warmer waters in the south and as their numbers increase, so do the numbers of those that get sick and die.

Reported by: David Madden, KYW Newsradio.

  • wow

    Is he pouring water in the blowhole?.. might have been a contributing factor in its death.

  • Kara

    My dad was there when he took his last breath and the dolphin looked at him and then he passed away when he put the last bucket of water on him
    my dad was in the green shirt and boots an a green hat
    he was there and helped flip the dolphin off of his side to his stomic
    I am so sad about this beautiful creature but why did it take so long for the marine biologist to get there to get antibiotics in him?

  • timi12


  • Kara

    One of the people that was the first on the scene was my dad
    i talked to him and said that it was sad because the poor dolphin was making noises and the marine biologist said it was how the animals cry
    my dad poured water on him for over a few hours and I love him for trying to save him
    R.I.P little dolphin

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