Sunday, February 26, 2012

Another Dead Dolphin

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A Risso's Dolphin (Grampus griseus) was found deceased by Park Service agents at Gulf Islands Seashores Park - Santa Rosa Isle (Opal Beach) last night. This is a relatively rare species in our area, although relatively common in the deep Gulf. The animal, estimated at a few months old, appeared thin. Official cause of death will not be determined until a necropsy is performed and all toxicology results come back. To learn more about this species, go to http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/cetaceans/rissosdolphin.htm. To learn more about our Marine Mammal Stranding Team, go to http://www.ecwildliferefuge.com/Marine_Mammal_Stranding_Center.asp?varSectionID=3.

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