Dolphin Dies In Oily Waters

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Necropsy set for oily dolphin found on Fla. beach

In a photo taken June 18, 2009, bottlenose dolphin swim alongside a fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico miles off the coast of Panama City, Fla. Boat captains say the marine mammals are getting increasingly aggressive in their quest for food, with some taking fish off hooks, a pesky stunt that rarely happened just a few years ago. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death for an oily young dolphin found
beached in a national park in the Florida Panhandle.

Wildlife officers tried to revive the marine mammal in shallow
waters after a family found it Wednesday in the sands in the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard and BP unified command center in Mobile, Ala., the dolphin died as it was transported to a
rehabilitation center in Panama City. Authorities told the
Pensacola News Journal that the dolphin "had some oil on it" but it wasn't clear why the animal beached itself.

A tourist from Arkansas said she and other beach goers scraped oil off the dolphin with their hands before wildlife officers arrived. Christy Travis says they "had oil all over us."

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