Dolphins found stranded in Keys, possibly due to storm

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) – Five stranded dolphins were recovered in Florida Bay, and marine mammal rescue officials think they may have been pushed into shallow waters by Hurricane Hermine.

The Miami Herald reports four of the spinner dolphins were found Saturday 20 miles north of Islamorada on the flats near Rabbit Key. A fifth was found a short distance off Lower Matecumbe Key.

The dolphin rescue team said three of the dolphins were so dehydrated and had such elevated heart rates that federal wildlife officials determined they had to be euthanized.

The recovered dolphins were taken to Dolphins Plus in Key Largo. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution scientists evaluated the two other dolphins and transported them to SeaWorld in Orlando for further treatment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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