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Baby Dolphin Dies During Rescue Attempt

An injured young dolphin found on the Imperial Beach shoreline died before it could be treated by a SeaWorld Animal Rescue crew Wednesday morning.

A baby bottlenose dolphin found stranded on the Imperial Beach shoreline Wednesday died during transport before it could receive treatment, a SeaWorld representative said Thursday.

A necropsy examination, or animal autopsy, will be performed to determine the cause of death, said Booker Crenshaw.

"He was obviously very sick when we found him on the beach," Crenshaw said.

Dolphins may strand themselves because they are sick or injured, he said.

Imperial Beach lifeguard Captain Robert Stabenow said the four-foot long animal had blood on its nose and scrapes on its back when it was found Wednesday around 8:45 a.m. by a family walking the beach.

Lifeguards Ben Holt and Matt Chism responded to the report to find the dolphin beached in the sand. Attempts to return the dolphin to the ocean were unscuccessful as the it repeatedly tried to get back to the shoreline.

SeaWorld Animal Rescue arrived about an hour after lifeguards first contacted the animal.

Deanne Goodman (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Oh no... I was so happy the baby dolphin was rescued. How sad. :(
Smiley ShakeANDwink January 18, 2013 at 07:54 PM
That's a real bummer. I was pullin' for this little fella, but I guess he was just already too far gone by the time they got to him.
Ed Sorrels January 19, 2013 at 05:56 AM
Smedley, Love the screen name, Another old Marine !
Smiley ShakeANDwink January 20, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Thanks Ed, Semper Fidelis, Gung Ho and Ductus Exemplo! Not a Marine myself, but grew up around them and UDT my entire life. Out of respect for the Corps I refuse to pretend to be something I have never personally EARNED as you have, so thank you for your service. Though you accurately discerned my screen name is indeed in honor of one of my highly decorated yet selfless USMC heros who had the guts to tell it like he saw it, which is why I chose him for a screen name (an obvious adaptation to those in the know). Yet, a more accurate description of my combat service would be as follows, similarly significant to those in the know: "With willing hearts and skillful hands; the difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a bit longer. With compassion for others we build, we fight, for peace with freedom".
Ed Sorrels January 22, 2013 at 08:05 PM
" Always Faithfull" "Work Together " "Lead by example" Three thing's that ring true whatever life you choose. And you are right about old Smedley, he had the same in your face attitude as Chesty Puller, But old Smedley won two Medals of Honor down in the Banana War's in the Caribbean. My dad served under him in (Smedley) Haiti and also Chesty. at that time there was a future World's Champion there as a private in the Corps and My dad had the privlege of fighting him twice in smokers, Got knocked out twice, But got in the ring with him, Gene Tunney the guy that beat Jack Dempsey. Your last part "
Ed Sorrels January 22, 2013 at 08:06 PM
With willing Hearts and Skillfull Hands" sound's a lot like the SeaBee's to me, They came in and built us new barracks when I was down in the Phillipines in 57 and were a hard drinking hard fighting bunch of really good guy's. It was there in the P.I. that I guess I reached the high point of my Marine Carrer, I made Sergeant and as my dad never got above P.F.C. I was sure proud. To Be A Sergeant of Marines I guess was the high point of my life. I served from 52 till 60 when I was medically discharged. After The damn mess in Korea the most of the rest of my time in the Corps was much like a Vacation. Back in the day if you could do one of two thing's you could pretty well name your own billit, They were shoot or box, Well Me I loved to fight and shot Hi Expert 7 of the 8 years I qualified so the next 6 years after Korea I Spent in Marine Barrack's commands. Firsat in Yokosuka Japan, then Marine Barracks Pearl Harbor, Then Sangley Point in the Phillippines and then back to Hawaii at Marine Barracks Lululie, Nuclear Weapons Storage Depot, and when my time ran out again they wouldn't let me stay oversea's any longer, I came home here to San Diego Recruit Depot to Headquarters and Service Co. Motor Transport Company, Which was the firast time I worked in my M.O. S. since I enlisted. I predate this Hurooooo thing so Gung Ho and Semper Fi my friend !

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