Bottlenose dolphin rescued after Tropical Storm Ida - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Bottlenose dolphin rescued after Tropical Storm Ida

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin has been rescued after it was found stranded inland following Tropical Storm Ida's brush with the Alabama coast.

A jogger found the dolphin Tuesday morning shortly after the storm had hit the area. The 190-pound dolphin was found at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores. Refuge Manager Jereme Phillips said the dolphin was being treated at The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Miss. The institute's executive director, Moby Solangi, said the dolphin was suffering from dehydration, pneumonia and parasites.

He said the dolphin will be returned to the sea if it fully recovers. Solangi said if the dolphin will be given to an aquarium if it is not strong enough to return to the gulf.

You can see a few pictures of the dolphin below.

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