This morning, WXXV’s Kristen Anzuini found a dead dolphin that washed ashore on the beach in Harrison County.
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies has picked up the dolphin and they will be running tests on it.
IMMS says they can retrieve an enormous amount of information from the animals remains. Officials say last summer’s opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway wreaked havoc on our marine life and this year is not looking great.
The spillway is currently open and so far, more dolphins have died this year than they did last year at this time.
So far this year, 37 dolphins have been found dead on our shores. IMMS Director Dr. Moby Solangi said, “They are basically a barometer for the health of the environment, and they are the canary in the mine so to speak. So, by monitoring their health we can pretty much predict what is going to happen in the environment.”
If you find a dolphin or turtle washed ashore you are urged to call the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies at 1-800-SOS-DOLPHIN.