Sunday, July 01, 2007

Dolphin was stranded for eleven days!

Brought in by the high tide, a dolphin is stuck in the south end of Turnbull Bay in New Smyrna Beach.

Monday is day 11 since the dolphin's been trapped, WESH 2 News reported.

Biologists said they want the dolphin back in deep water like the ocean or the Intercoastal Waterway where there is plenty of food because she really seems to be struggling now.

She's been circling Turnbull Bay, unable to escape because the water is so shallow.

The dolphin is about 6 to 6.5 feet long -- a full-grown female according to the Hubbs Sea World Research Institute.

The dolphin has been identified by her dorsal fin as a dolphin from the Indian River Lagoon often seen with a calf, but she got swept into the bay several miles away on a high tide.

Experts said she's losing weight because there's not enough food there and dolphins are social animals, which mean lack of company can stress her.

Biologists said they are planning a rescue for Tuesday. They said they can't take a chance she'll survive trapped in the bay much longer.

Experts said the bay won't be easy to maneuver either. A resident is going to let them use his pontoon boat and others will be in kayaks trying to net the trapped dolphin.

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