Dolphin strands, dies on Cape Cod beach

The marine mammal died before the recuse team could get to the scene.

A dolphin stranded in Wellfleet Harbor on New Year's Day.
A dolphin stranded in Wellfleet Harbor on New Year's Day. –Kerry Branon / IFAW

ORLEANS, Mass. (AP) — A dolphin that stranded on a Cape Cod beach died even as a rescue team was on the way to help.

Orleans police reported the dolphin on Nauset Beach to the Yarmouth-based International Fund for Animal Welfare late Sunday morning.

Melanie Mahoney, IFAW’s wildlife rescue communications officer, said the marine mammal died before the recuse team could get to the scene.

A necropsy is planned to determine the cause of death.

Mahoney says it’s not unusual for a stranded marine animal to die quickly, especially if its health is compromised.

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