Beached Dolphin Dies At Riverhead Foundation
Two unidentified locals work to push a rare male spotted dolphin back into the ocean at Beach 52 Street at about 1 p.m. on September 29. Police responding the call notified the Riverhead Foundation’s Marine Rescue Unit, which came to Rockaway and picked up the wounded mammal. Officials at the foundation told The Wave that the young dolphin was in extremely critical condition on the beach and that it died that evening. Atlantic spotted dolphins are very rare in New York waters, although they range from New England to the Gulf of Mexico. A spokesperson said that people who find dolphins on the beach should not try to put them back in the water. “It is extremely stressful for the animal and will delay trained biologists from their rescue mission,” the spokesperson said. “In any case, beached dolphins do not have a very good survival rate.” In addition, there is a federal law against touching marine mammals that come from the ocean. Photo by Jill Weber.