"Cotton," the rare spotted dolphin that was being cared for at Marine Life in Gulfport, died late Monday morning.
Cotton was taken to Marine Life over the weekend after it was found stranded in Alabama's Cotton Bayou, outside of its natural habitat.
Alabama did not have a facility to handle the unique dolphin, so he was brought to Gulfport for special care.
"The animal came in very traumatized. Very little is known about these animals. This was a good learning experience. At least we found out something that we didn't know before," Marine Life director Moby Solangi said.