WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — Representatives from Mystic Aquarium responded to a Westerly beach on Monday to recover a dead dolphin that washed ashore.
A Westerly man told Eyewitness News he came across the dolphin Sunday afternoon while taking photos at the Weekapaug Overlook.
A spokesperson for the aquarium said the juvenile dolphin was in a fishing vessel’s bycatch and already deceased when it was tagged by the National Marine Fisheries Service and put back into the ocean.
The aquarium will perform a necropsy on the dolphin.
Sarah Callan from Mystic Aquarium said that if anyone comes across a stranded or dead animal on the shore, they want to know about it. People can call the aquarium at (860) 572-5955 X107 to report an animal on the shores of Rhode Island, Connecticut or Fishers Island, NY.