BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Crews have recovered the caucus of a dolphin that was discovered Monday, Oct. 1 in the Mississippi River near the old bridge.
“We were able to sample the dolphin and have recovered the entire carcass for testing,” Ashley Wethey, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said.
We’re told it has been identified as a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus), which are common coastal and offshore animals. They do have a strong presence in the Gulf of Mexico with an estimated population of 67,000.
Bottlenose dolphins typically travel in social groups (pods) and are often spotted following fishing boats because they primarily feed off of shrimp and squid. They can travel at speeds of over 18 miles an hour.
Now that the dolphin has been recovered, they will attempt to determine how it ended up in the Mississippi River, as well as its cause of death.