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Slidell neighborhood dolphin dies

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Posted: Jun 18, 2014 3:11 AM by Janet McConnaughey
Updated: Jun 18, 2014 8:19 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: dolphin, Slidell, Lake Pontchartrain, water, rain

NEW ORLEANS - A dolphin that lived in a canal in a neighborhood north of Lake Pontchartrain has died, possibly because recent rains made the water too fresh for his health.

Federal biologists said Tuesday that the male dolphin had open sores caused by living in fresh water on June 6, when he was last seen alive. But they say the body was too badly decomposed to determine cause of death.

NOAA Fisheries biologist Erin Fougeres says the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recovered the body Monday. It was brought to the Audubon Nature Institute's Aquatic Center for a necropsy to try to learn what killed it.

Fougeres says a local resident had reported the body to wildlife officials on Sunday.

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