A marine rescue group said that the dolphin stranded in New Jersey river died on Saturday, in spite of rescue efforts to save the animal. The dolphin was spotted on Wednesday in the South River, and hundreds of spectators watched the dolphin swim in the river, which is located about 10 miles away from the ocean.
Brigantine-based Marine Mammal Stranding Center tried to lure the animal to swim towards Raritan Bay, and guide the dolphin down the river, but they are not able to do so. Though the dolphin moved downstream from the river on Saturday, it ran aground halfway to the Raritan river. A volunteer spotted the dolphin swim into a shallow area, and the dolphin was having seizures and breathing difficulties by the time the team arrived.
“It had no energy left to swim, and so they carried it back to our dolphin transport truck, where it died,” the group said.
The older 400-pound dolphin was “terribly emaciated,” when they were carrying it in transport truck, and then died. State veterinary pathologists will be conducting a nercopsy, to ascertain the cause of death. Bob Schoelkopf of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center said that the dolphin appeared to be very old and its teeth were ground down to the nubs. The organization thanked the people for following and supporting their efforts.
Officials said that the dolphin has been swimming for several miles inland by the Old-Bridge-East Brunswick border for about three days now. Social media was abuzz with the photos and videos of the stranded visitor in the river. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center said they hope that people are now more aware of the diversity and fragility of marine life in our state.[ Via ]