Dead dolphin found in Waveland was carrying full term calf

Dead dolphin found in Waveland was carrying full term calf

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies is looking into what caused the death of a pregnant dolphin found on the beach in Waveland on Wednesday morning.

The dolphin was found about 150 yards west of Dane Rd. The carcass was taken back to IMMS for a necropsy. Scientists hope the examination will produce some answers.

IMMS Director Dr. Moby Solangi said the dolphin was an adult female carrying a full term calf.

"This is the time of year when dolphins start giving birth, late January and early February," said Solangi. "They move into the Mississippi Sound to give birth. The Mississippi Sound is a major nursing area for dolphins, the largest nursery area in the Unites States."

Solangi said the discovery raises concern because of the declining number of dolphin. Numbers have been steadily dropping since the BP oil spill in 2010, Solangi said.

"We're trying to figure out if there's anything going on out there. This is the first animal to be seen that's full term with a calf, so we want to know if there's something going on out there," said Solangi.

The necropsy on the dolphin will take several hours, according to Solangi. He said it will be late Wednesday evening before it's complete.

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