Oil-covered dolphin dies off North Florida coast

10:21 AM, Jun 24, 2010   |    comments
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Pensacola Beach, Florida - An oil-covered dolphin died after it beached itself on a sandbar in Pensacola Beach Wednesday. 

The young dolphin was covered in oily sludge.

A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death for the mammal.

Wildlife officers tried to revive it after a family found it in the sands in the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Photos: Beached dolphin in Pensacola

According to the U.S. Coast Guard and BP unified command center in Mobile, Alabama, the dolphin died as it was transported to a rehabilitation center in Panama City.

Authorities told the Pensacola News Journal that the dolphin "had some oil on it" but it wasn't clear why the animal beached itself.

A tourist from Arkansas said she and other beachgoers scraped oil off the dolphin with their hands before wildlife officers arrived. Christy Travis says they "had oil all over us."

Wildlife experts came out to care for the dolphin.

Thousands of birds, fish and mammals have died because their habitat has been taken over by oil.  The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April.

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