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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Darla Taylor
Past Member 5 years ago

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

wchi wink
.5 years ago

Really hope she finds her pod!

Jane H.
Jane H5 years ago

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

Stella Nobrega-Garcia

Thanks for sharing!

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing hope the dolphin finds its pod :)

Tanja Z.
Tanja Zilker5 years ago

thanks for info

Stacey Cadaret
Stacey Cadaret5 years ago

glad he will be or has been reunited with is pod

federico bortoletto
federico b5 years ago

Grazie per l'articolo.

Darla G.
Darla G5 years ago

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

Diana P.
Diana P5 years ago