Mammal likely washed ashore early Sunday morning.
was found washed ashore in the East End early Sunday morning.
striped dolphin was found near a jetty at Lincoln Boulevard beach, according to
the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, which received a
call about the dead mammal at about 7:30 a.m. Oct. 7.
Beach resident that contacted Patch about the beached dolphin said her friend
was one of four people that lift it from the beach and into truck, where it was
transported to Riverhead. The nonprofit foundation recovers any marine mammals
or sea turtles that wash ashore in New York State.
we’re a nonprofit, in this particular circumstance we were only able to bring
out one person,” said Kim Durham, a rescue program director for the Riverhead
Foundation. “So we usually enlist any other resources a town or village can
provide. In this case, we were able to secure some animal control officers who
were able to assist us with the recovery.”
found, the dolphin, possibly a male and approximately seven-feet long and 300
pounds, was still in an early stage of decomposition, indicating that it may
have died recently and was cast ashore, Durham said.
mammal will be frozen and the foundation’s forensic department will perform a
necropsy in coming weeks to determine cause of death. But some signs suggest
that the animal may have died of advanced age. “The teeth weren’t sharp, which
can indicated an aged animal,” Durham said. “As far as its body condition, it
appeared to be on the thin side.”
the foundation would also take numerous samples of the animal, including DNA and
teeth, and send them to pathologists, and will also achieve samples and
document them for the state.
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