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Riverhead Foundation Rescues Dolphin From Sandbar Near Oak Beach

Risso's Dolphin 9-Foot, 600-Pound Female
A Risso's dolphin rescued from a sandbar near Oak Beach. (credit: Riverhead Foundation/Facebook)

A Risso’s dolphin rescued from a sandbar near Oak Beach. (credit: Riverhead Foundation/Facebook)

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OAK BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A dolphin has been rescued from a sandbar off the southern shore of Long Island.

The Risso’s dolphin is a 9-foot, 600-pound female. Staff from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation made the rescue Thursday near Oak Beach with help from the Coast Guard.

Foundation rescue program director Kimberly Durham said the dolphin will be closely monitored. It is being treated for dehydration and gastric bleeding.

According to the group’s Facebook page, the dolphin is now swimming on her own within the hospital tank at the Long Island Aquarium.

It’s the second Risso’s dolphin recovered by the program in two weeks.

An adult female was found in the Hudson River 26 miles north of Manhattan. It later died of what officials believe is starvation from plastic bags blocking her stomach.

Last month, two dolphins were spotted in the Hudson River just off the pier at Inwood Hill Park. A bottlenose dolphin was also spotted in March in the East River near 96th Street.

The Riverhead Foundation has reported more than four dolphin sightings in New York City since 2010.

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