A dying dolphin that was found on Lily Pone Lane beach in East Hampton on Saturday morning was put into rest through euthanasia on Sunday, stated a spokeswoman for the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation in Riverhead.
The Foundation’s rescue team made a desperate move to save the male common dolphin, but their efforts proved to be too late for the aquatic creature which was incapable of swimming on its own and suffered hemorrhage.
East Hampton Town Police called the Foundation’s hotline on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. to inform about the dying dolphin that was washed ashore on the private beach. The rescue team arrived at 11:30 a.m. and opted for taking the dolphin back to Riverhead in an attempt to save the hapless marine mammal which measures 8 feet long and weighs 268 pounds.
Rachel Bosworth, the foundation’s spokeswoman stated that “They felt that there was a chance that it could have been a good candidate for rehabilitation.” She sadly said further that “They did make the effort.”
The biologists immersed the dolphin in a cetacean tank that is similar to a swimming pool, and attempted to help it swim again. They also tube-fed the dolphin with fluids to rehydrate it, but their efforts were not successful and the animal was eventually euthanized on Sunday.
Bosworth said, “Unfortunately, over the course of Saturday night his health deteriorated and he couldn’t really swim on his own.” She added, “The animal was suffering and was not likely going to survive at that point.”
The biologists are still waiting for the results of blood and other tests conducted on the dolphin to discern if it had suffered from deadly diseases. The researchers are still looking for the reason why the dolphin was washed ashore.