A dolphin died stranded in the New Jersey South river. The old male bottlenose dolphin beached itself and died several hours later. The animal was on the South river, on the border of Old Bridge, in Sayreville, while the rescuers were trying to help it make its way back to open water.
The bottlenose dolphin,Tursiops truncatus, is a marine mammal that lives in temperate and tropical waters globally. It has a short protruding beak, a gray or brown solidly built body, and a prominent curved dorsal fin.
The dolphin had been stranded for several days in the New Jersey river, but his unfortunate death occurred on Saturday. Hundreds of spectators had gathered to watch the dolphin swim in the river located approximately 10 miles from the ocean.
It is said the marine mammal had been spotted jumping in and out of the water in the South River. David Herrick, a local, was the first to post a video of the dolphin, hoping that authorities would mobilize themselves to rescuing the mammal.
On Thursday, some workers from the Raritan Riverkeep organization tried to push and guide the dolphin down the river with a Baykeeper boat, but unfortunately their attempts were futile. The officials tried to use an electronic underwater nuisance device that would send signals to the dolphin and help it return to its natural habitat, the ocean.
The New Jersey Marine Mammal Stranding Center reported that the dolphin had moved downstream from the river overnight into Saturday, but unfortunately beached itself halfway to the Raritan River.
Jay Pagel of the Marine Institute said that they wanted to discourage the animal from remaining in the area and attempted to encourage him to move to deeper water, closer to the ocean, but the dolphin ignored the efforts.
Moreover, rescuers attempted to transport the mammal to a veterinarian center, but it died on the way. Afterwards, it was taken to a pathologist to determine the cause of death. The dolphin appeared to be very old, as stated by Bob Schoelkopf, of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.
Schoelkopf said that the location was truly remote and dangerous not only for dolphins, but for anyone in the water as well, as they couldn’t put people to swim in it and save the dolphin. There were no banks on the side of the river, he continued.
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