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An Emaciated Baby Dolphin Washed Up With Plastic in Her Stomach in Florida


As humans continue using more and more plastic, the non-renewable material continues to hurt marine life. Last week, biologists found a female rough-toothed dolphin calf washed up on Fort Myers Beach in Florida. A necropsy showed that there was plastic in the baby dolphin's stomach, which may have contributed to her death.

Local news outlet the News-Press reported on the dolphin calf's journey, noting that she was actually alive when researchers first found her. However, because she was emaciated and in such a bad state of health, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute decided to put her down after caring for her overnight. “We made the decision to humanely euthanize on-site,” Michelle Kerr of the institute told the News-Press.