Crews retrieve dead dolphin from Mississippi River

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Posted: Oct 3, 2012 4:06 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Oct 3, 2012 4:06 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: baton rouge, dolphin, LDWF, EBRSO, wildlife, fisheries, sheriff, marine, search, rescue, river, mississippi, dead

BATON ROUGE - Crews retrieved a dolphin today found dead in the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge earlier this week.

Members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Search and Rescue team helped the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries retrieve the mammal from waters near the Old Mississippi River Bridge.

The dolphin had been found dead Monday and reported to LDWF, but bad weather and lack of a suitable boat kept them from retrieving it before now.

Biologists with LDWF said it was the furthest north they'd ever seen a dolphin. They believe it could have followed a boat's wake or been pushed into the river by Hurricane Isaac.

An LDWF spokesperson said they will perform a necropsy to determine what caused the dolphin's death.

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