Dolphin's Body Washed Away With The Tide In Gulfport

The fate of the final remains of a bottlenose dolphin that washed ashore in Gulfport this week remains up in the air.

Sand Beach Authority Director Bobby Weaver says he sent a crew out to remove the carcass Thursday morning, but was told the scientists studying the animal needed more time to examine the body. He says by the time the cleanup crew returned, the tide had come in and the carcass was no longer there.

Weaver says they'll comb the beach Friday morning, and if it's found again, it will be removed and disposed of.

Scientists from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies hope to determine if the dolphins death indicates an unseen threat to other dolphins or marine species.