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Dead dolphin reported in Mississippi River at Baton Rouge

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Courtesy: La. Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries Courtesy: La. Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A dead young dolphin washed ashore in an isolated area along the Mississippi River bank at Baton Rouge, state Wildlife and Fisheries say.

Fisheries division biologist Mandy Tumlin says that in seven years with the department, she's not aware of a dolphin swimming so far upriver. She says it might have done so by drafting along the bow of a ship headed upriver or by swimming up during Hurricane Isaac.

Tumlin said a survey crew reported the body Monday near the U.S. Highway 190 bridge. It's estimated at four to five feet long. Adults range from 6 to 12 1/2 feet long.

Tumlin says the site is in a woody area, making it very difficult to reach by land as biologists seek to recover the body.

An approach by water also may be tricky, Tumlin said.

"We're not sure how close we can get to shore with silting and sandbars," she said.

Dolphins are a common sight in the salty coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. They also frequent brackish bodies of water that connect with the Gulf, such as Lake Pontchartrain.

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Online:

NOAA Fisheries about bottlenose dolphins: http://1.usa.gov/Sm9XXh

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