STATES CHRONICLE – Dolphin calf was rescued then had to be euthanized because of his deteriorating condition. The dolphin had first been see Friday morning by volunteers monitoring sea otters. The volunteers were around the Hudson’s Landing area and they reported that a dolphin was in the water, circling and apparently confused.
The Marine Mammal Center was called in order to help rescue the creature but stated that they would not intervene unless it had become stranded. In the afternoon the dolphin did become stranded as it beached itself on a sand bar according to Rebecca Dmytryk, president and CEO of Wildlife Emergency Services at Moss Landing.
Employees of the Marine Mammal Center eventually appeared on the scene an hour later but the rescuers encountered unsafe conditions and were not able to reach the dolphin because of the mud in the area as well as the fading light. They left the dolphin there until the following morning, when they returned to check on it. When they came back the next day the calf was swimming in the water so the team on site requested a permission to perform a water rescue from the National Marine Fisheries Services.
The calf was eventually rescued from the water but, despite having used a survey boat and the U.S. Coast Guard having performed a flyover in the area, the calf’s mother was not found. The problem that rescuers encountered was that, once the calf was brought to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito there was no surrogate mother compatible with it in the center. As dolphins this young depend on their mothers completely for food and protection if they have not been weaned off their mother’s sustenance, the poor dolphin was in bad shape.
Efforts that were later taken on to find the calf’s mother had no results and the dolphin remained alone. His condition was then reported as deteriorating, according to employees at the Marine Mammal Center. The dolphin’s deteriorating condition could be likely due to the time that the calf had spent being separated from its mother and the period of time that he had remained stranded on the sand.
It was decided by veterinarians alongside representatives of the National Marine Fisheries Services after some consultations that the dolphin would not be strong enough to survive on its own in the wild and that its condition had been deteriorating. The conclusion was reached that the most humane thing to do was to euthanize the mammal.
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