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.

 

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