Oil-coated baby dolphin carried to shore by tourist dies (VIDEO); “Dolphin was crying” as “people scraped oil off”, Coast Guard unclear on cause of death

Oiled dolphin’s rescue ends in death (PHOTO), Pensacola News Journal, June 24, 2010

Christy Travis first saw oil splotched along the beach as she approached the surf at Fort Pickens. Then she turned and saw a bottlenose dolphin in distress.

“It was heartbreaking. Everyone was crying,”  said Travis, 41, who was visiting with her family from Arkansas when they discovered the dolphin and joined with others in attempt to save it.

“We had oil all over us,” Travis said. …Travis said the dolphin was crying as people rushed to save it. She said people scraped oil off the dolphin with their hands.

Oil Covered Dolphin Rescued Off Pensacola Coast (VIDEO), WCTV CBS Tallahassee, June 23, 2010:

From all reports from deep in the Gulf of Mexico, there are hundreds of thousands of birds, fish, jellyfish and mammals that are dying because their habitats have been taken over by oil.

An oil-coated juvenile dolphin was rescued from the waves after beaching itself earlier in the day on a sandbar.

It turns out cleanup crews already out today mopping up hundreds of thousands of oil globs that descended on the white sandy beaches, but a few observant workers spotted the mammal and brought it to the attention of agency officials.

Oily Dolphin Discovered On Florida Beach, WPLG Channel 10 Miami, June 24, 2010:

A tourist from Arkansas said she and other beachgoers scraped oil off the dolphin with their hands before wildlife officers arrived. Christy Travis said they “had oil all over us.”

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