Stranded dolphin rescued off Oregon Coast

Seaside Aquarium workers transfer a rescued dolphin into a holding tank. The dolphin was found Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, on Gearhart Beach in Oregon. (KOIN 6 News/Dave Pastor)
Seaside Aquarium workers transfer a rescued dolphin into a holding tank. The dolphin was found Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, on Gearhart Beach in Oregon. (KOIN 6 News/Dave Pastor)

SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN) – A dolphin found stranded on a Clatsop County beach Wednesday morning is now recovering at a local aquarium.

Seaside Aquarium workers transfer a rescued dolphin into a holding tank. The dolphin was found Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, on Gearhart Beach in Oregon. (KOIN 6 News/Dave Pastor)
(KOIN 6 News/Courtesy Dave Pastor)

The 7-foot striped dolphin was discovered by a passerby at 8 a.m. on the high tide line at Gearhart Beach, according to Keith Chandler with the Seaside Aquarium. The aquarium was notified and employees responded and saved it.

“We got it back to the aquarium, we got it in water, we’re trying to revive it,” aquarium General Manager Keith Chandler said. “The odds aren’t too good because it had been on the beach for several hours.”

The dolphin was bleeding from superficial scratches and abrasions to its tail, flipper and dorsal fin, likely sustained from trying to swim in the sand. Chandler said the dolphin had likely been stranded on the beach for several hours.

“The bleeding is not what caused it to be on the beach,” Chandler said. “Something caused it to be there, we’re just trying to figure out what that is.”

It has been placed in a fresh seawater holding tank.

“We’re just trying right now to make it comfortable by keeping it cool and in water, and seeing if we can do anything to help it,” Chandler explained.

If it survives, it will be transported to a rehabilitation center.

“Hopefully we’re going to find someone whose going to take it and going to rehab it.”

—  Multimedia Journalist Dave Pastor contributed information to this report.

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