OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - It looks like a deadly situation could be developing for a juvenile dolphin in Davis Bayou. President and Executive Director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, Dr. Moby Solangi, tells WLOX News that a four to five foot long, juvenile dolphin is trapped in the bayou.
Solangi said IMMS received a report of the trapped dolphin on Friday morning. He said the dolphin appears to be separated from its mother and group.
Solangi said the low salinity levels in the bayou could pose a serious problem for the young mammal. He said with the approaching rain, the water will remain fresh over the next few days.
"It is about three quarters of a mile up Davis Bayou, which is pretty fresh at this time. I don't think this animal can return to the Gulf on its own," said Solangi.
He says the dolphin has severe fresh water lesions and is covered in brown algae. He also said IMMS team members at the scene reported the animal was not eating.
"If it is a five foot juvenile, I am not sure if it has the foraging skills. I am not hopeful that this animal will survive too long in its present state and bodily condition," said Solangi.