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Mar 21, 2014 1:48 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Bottlenose Dolphin Euthanized In Sag Harbor

Mar 24, 2014 9:53 AM

Update, Friday, 4:30 p.m.

The adult bottlenose dolphin that had been swimming in Sag Harbor Cove over the past few days was euthanized on Friday afternoon, according to Melissa Martin, press coordinator for the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. The foundation and members of the Sag Harbor Fire Department Dive Team removed the dolphin from the water and assessed its condition, deeming it so ill that it had to be put down.

Original Story:

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and members of the Sag Harbor Fire Department Dive Team removed a bottlenose dolphin from Sag Harbor Cove on Friday afternoon. The dolphin was first spotted at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday night by a local resident, and a team from The Riverhead Foundation came to monitor the situation.

A spokeswoman for the foundation, Melissa Martin, said that when the team first arrived, the rare timing of the year for the sighting and the dolphin's general lethargy made them ready to get it out of the water for examination. "They thought it may even need to be euthanized," Ms. Martin said.

But before the decision to bring the dolphin in was made, it began swimming back out to open waters, so the team decided to monitor it overnight.

Ms. Martin said that they've been monitoring the mammal, and that earlier this morning it "looked a lot better, moving around, frolicking and swimming."

But at about 1:30 p.m., Ms. Martin said the team headed back out to the cove to check on the dolphin and, "sadly, it looks like it is getting closer to shore again." She said the team will be intervening somehow, but until they assess the situation, Ms. Martin said there was no course of action decided on yet. The Sag Harbor Fire Department Dive Team is on the scene for assistance.

Looming over the situation, Ms. Martin said, is the reality that since last year, a lethal measles-like virus has been responsible for the deaths of countless dolphins on the East Coast. Two True's beak whales also washed up dead on shore in Southampton earlier this year, and the Foundation at the time thought their deaths could possibly be related to the virus.

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Hopefully everyone is considering that the trauma of an intervention may be more harmful than letting the dolphin die a peaceful death at home in her element . . .

To Everything There Is A Season . . .
By PBR (4951), Southampton on Mar 21, 14 3:20 PM
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Reported elsewhere -- euthanization . . .

Rest in Peace
By PBR (4951), Southampton on Mar 21, 14 3:23 PM
poor Flipper...RIP :'(
By Jaws (243), Amity Island on Mar 21, 14 6:18 PM
lucky the poor thing wasn't a mute swan or a deer they would have sent a SWAT team out to git it
By nazznazz (276), east hampton on Mar 23, 14 7:20 PM
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Ok so they suspect a virus where any tissue samples or blood taken to attemp a diagnosis?There are many causes for lethargy.
By PatrickLanzarone Dvm (3), Brooklyn, New York on Mar 25, 14 6:39 PM
The revised Print version of the story (blue link at top) covers this IMO.
By PBR (4951), Southampton on Mar 25, 14 6:53 PM
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