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Source: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute/Facebook

Dead Dolphin Found with Two-Foot Shower Hose in His Esophagus on Florida Beach


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Yet another dolphin has washed up on a beach with plastic in his body — and this time, the culprit was a shower hose. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute shared the news of the dolphin's death in a Facebook post. As the FWC wrote, the 7-foot long male bottlenose dolphin was found on the shore of Fort Myers Beach in Big Carlos Pass. Biologists from an FWC lab performed a necropsy on the dolphin, and quickly found a 24-inch plastic shower hose in the animal's esophagus and forestomach.

In the FWC's Facebook post, the institute explained that it is still working to determine if the hose was the dolphin's cause of death, or if it was something else. "Although this is a significant finding, there are many additional factors to consider before a final cause of stranding and death for the dolphin can be determined," the post read. "Samples collected during necropsy will be sent for analysis to help with this determination."