A seemingly sick dolphin washed up on the shores of a Long Island beach this Thursday, prompting a rapid response from emergency rescuers, good Samaritans and marine biologists.
The six to seven foot long animal was spotted on West Gilgo Beach in Babylon shortly before 4:20 in the afternoon.
The dolphin appeared stranded as it was being comforted by Nassau PD and State Park police in the surf of the beach.
As the waves lapped upon the creature it was moving its tale and squirming slightly, and there was no immediate sign of what was wrong.
Officials were waiting for a team from the Riverhead Foundation, a non-profit rescue group, to arrive on the scene. They will determine what's wrong and what can be done for the dolphin.