Friday, August 24, 2007

Injured Bottlenose dolphin ends up on Malibu Beach...then dies

A bottlenose dolphin found critically injured on a Malibu beach died Saturday night while en route in a van to a marine animal care facility.The California Highway Patrol was called to escort the dolphin from Zuma Beach to the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, a 51-mile drive. The dolphin was suffering from gashes probably caused by a boat propeller.

Lifeguards trained in marine animal rescue found the dolphin shortly after 5:30 p.m. along the surf line. They retrieved it using a "dolphin swing" and rushed it from the beach in a truck, said Capt. Angus Alexander of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.The animal was placed atop a sponge blanket and was constantly doused with water while awaiting transport to a van, Alexander said.

Finding a dolphin injured by a boat propeller is uncommon at Zuma Beach, Alexander said. Marine animal rescues more commonly involve birds caught in fishing nets or sea lions suffering convulsions from algae poisoning.

Quick "Facts about Dolphins"