PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A necropsy will be performed to
determine the cause of death for an oily young dolphin found
beached in a national park in the Florida Panhandle.
Wildlife officers tried to revive the marine mammal in shallow
waters after a family found it Wednesday in the sands in the Gulf
Islands National Seashore.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard and BP unified command center
in Mobile, Ala., the dolphin died as it was transported to a
rehabilitation center in Panama City. Authorities told the
Pensacola News Journal that the dolphin "had some oil on it" but
it wasn't clear why the animal beached itself.
A tourist from Arkansas said she and other beachgoers scraped
oil off the dolphin with their hands before wildlife officers
arrived. Christy Travis says they "had oil all over us."