Monday, 17 January 2011

DECC | Stranded dolphin euthanized at Moruya South Head

Media release: 2 January 2011
A young Inshore Bottle Nosed Dolphin stranded in a rock pool, at Toragy Point, in Eurobodalla National Park had to be euthanized this morning following veterinary advice.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manger, Tony Baxter said the animal had been stranded by the tide probably some time on Saturday

"The young dolphin was discovered yesterday afternoon and ORRCA volunteers stayed with the dolphin overnight, working in shifts staying with it in a rock pool - giving it support," he said.

"NPWS staff went to the site early today and observed that the dophin was in very poor condition. It was dehydrated, emaciated and couldn't right itself.

"We asked the local vets from Moruya to assess the condition of the dolphin. They came down to the site and liaised with experts from SeaWorld on the Gold Coast, by phone.

"Unfortunately the prognosis was that the young dolphin was suffering and it wouldn't be possible to rehabilitate it, and advised the dolphin be euthanized to save it from any further suffering.

"Sadly, the dolphin was euthanized at 10.00 this morning. Blood samples were taken and the body has been taken to the Moruya Veterinary Clinic for autopsy.

"I'd like to thank ORRCA and local members of the public for their dedication and support. ORRCA volunteers turned up last night and locals and other volunteers came to assist this morning."

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