Thursday, April 20, 2006

Lifeguards save dolphin's life!

Crowds gathered around Carlsbad State Beach Sunday afternoon as lifeguards helped a disoriented dolphin back out into deeper water, authorities said.The six-foot-long adult dolphin was acting strangely and swimming into shore between Pine Street and Tamarack Avenue for several hours beginning about 2 p.m., said state park lifeguard Capt. Karl Tallman.

"Basically this thing is just kind of cruising along the surf line," Tallman said shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday. "They typically don't come anywhere near the shore."

The unusual behavior could have been due to illness from the toxic algae that causes red tide, he said.Employees with Sea World had been notified and were expected to come out and nurse the ailing dolphin back to health, Tallman said.

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