HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Another baby dolphin has been found dead on a South Mississippi beach. The three-and-a-half foot long dolphin was discovered Thursday on the beach between Nicholson and Gulf View in Long Beach.
According to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, the male dolphin may have been a few weeks old. Its body was fairly decomposed.
NOAA Fisheries will perform a necropsy in the near future to determine how the dolphin died.
Meanwhile, other dead fish washing up all along the coast are causing much less worry. The Department of Marine Resources told WLOX News that dead fish found on the beach in Pass Christian Thursday morning are likely the result of a shrimper's by-catch.
Hundreds of fish, mostly small ones, washed ashore in front of the Pass Christian Walmart . DMR marine scientists checked out the scene Thursday morning after WLOX News reported the sighting to them.
A spokeswoman told us the water temperature and salinity levels in the area checked out okay. That leads them to conclude the fish were likely dumped overboard by a shrimp boat crew.
Similar small fish have been washing up in other areas since Mississippi opened its shrimp season May 25th.