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Lost Dolphin Stranded Off Southern California Coast

Lost Dolphin Stranded Off Southern California Coast

Since April 27th, a lost, seven foot dolphin has been swimming in a narrow wetlands channel off the coast of Southern California. His pod entered the channel in pursuit of a school of fish. When the others veered back, one lone dolphin stayed behind in the Bolsa Chica wetlands.

Crowds gathered to watch as Department of Fish and Game officers on paddleboards tried to nudge the animal into open sea. They succeeded Saturday, but the lost dolphin was spooked when it caught sight of an unrelated pod swimming in circles nearby.

Diving beneath the paddleboarders, the dolphin swam back into the wetlands. Peter Wallerstein, a marine biologist with the Marine Animal Rescue service, said,

If he were sick or injured, we’d be a little more aggressive in our rescue attempts, but we’ve assessed we’ve got a healthy animal here, so the best thing to do right now is to see what happens.

One of the spectators shot the video footage below, which shows the dolphin swimming in circles. Officials have asked people to stay well away from the dolphin so as not to distract the lonely swimmer while it finds it way back to open sea.

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Photo from krumbecker via flickr

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10:18AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Thanks for the story. Truly hope that this dolphin finds his/her way back to his/her pod.

7:47AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Really hope she finds her pod!

4:20AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing this video. Hopes that this lost dolphin finds his pod..

11:39AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

10:00AM PDT on May 17, 2012

thanks for sharing hope the dolphin finds its pod :)

12:17AM PDT on May 14, 2012

thanks for info

6:11PM PDT on May 13, 2012

glad he will be or has been reunited with is pod

10:09AM PDT on May 13, 2012

Grazie per l'articolo.

6:32PM PDT on May 12, 2012

I hope by now this magnificant creature has found his way out and is back with his pod.

4:06PM PDT on May 12, 2012

Thanks

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