Dolphin Washes Up on Jones Beach, Dies

Rescuers tried to get the sick dolphin back to their facility in Riverhead, but it died en route

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013  |  Updated 5:40 PM EDT
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A sick dolphin washed up on Jones Beach and died while being transported to a rescue center on Long Island Tuesday, officials say.

A sick dolphin washed up on Jones Beach and died while being transported to a rescue center on Long Island Tuesday, officials say.

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A sick dolphin washed up on Jones Beach and died while being transported to a rescue center on Long Island Tuesday, officials say. 

The 9-foot male bottlenose dolphin was discovered on the beach at about 12:30 p.m. Workers from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation responded, and the dolphin died en route to Riverhead, at about 3 p.m., officials from the center said. 

A necropsy will be performed on the dolphin at the Riverhead Foundation. Officials said there were external parasites on the tail on dolphin, indicating it had been debilitated or sick for a long time.

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