Stranded dolphin dies in Seaside

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 died later that day, officials with the Seaside Aquarium said.

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.

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 dolphin was sent to Portland State University for a necropsy and the results are expected next week.

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