Taunton river dolphin dies shortly after rescue

Taunton river dolphin dies shortly after rescue
Monday, 27 June, 2016
Yarmouth Port, MA

Despite the best efforts of rescuers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); a wayward bottlenose dolphin, died shortly after the team rescued it from the Taunton River on Saturday.

“It is very unusual for a dolphin, let alone a bottlenose dolphin, to be in this area, especially this far up a river system,” said Kathryn Rose IFAW Assistant Stranding Coordinator. “We were able to safely remove the dolphin from the river and bring it to our rescue trailer, but unfortunately it began arching while we were trying to stabilize it and the dolphin died approximately 15 minutes later. We will conduct a necropsy this week to help determine the cause of death.”

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) are very rarely seen close to shore in Massachusetts. IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team is dedicated stranding agency in Southeastern, MA and has pioneered cutting edge science to help save animals. Under their care, release rates of mass stranded dolphins and whales increased from 14 percent in 2004 to nearly 70 percent in 2015, one of the highest success rates in the world.

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