Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Injured dolphin rescued in Mission Bay dies

SAN DIEGO — An injured dolphin that had beached itself in Mission Bay died Tuesday morning after being picked up by rescuers from SeaWorld.

Lifeguards and SeaWorld marine mammal rescue unit recovered a seriously injured juvenile dolphin from Mission Bay early Tuesday. The animal had been swimming around erratically near the Mission Bay yacht club before finally beaching itself where it was picked up and rushed to SeaWorld. Among the obvious injuries the dolphin had large scrape marks on it and had suffered a broken jaw. — John Gibbins The young female mammal had suffered a massive broken jaw and was malnourished, said SeaWorld spokesman Dave Koontz.

It appeared the animal suffered the wound several days ago and had been unable to eat, Koontz said. The dolphin also had some minor cuts and abrasions on its body, he said.

The animal was first spotted swimming about 6:10 a.m. off Santa Barbara Cove near El Carmel Point, San Diego lifeguards said.

The lifeguards received another call about 7:30 a.m. from someone who said the dolphin was on the beach.

The SeaWorld crew arrived about 7:45 a.m. and picked up the dolphin, but it died in the truck, Koontz said. It was not known how the mammal was injured, he said.


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