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Dead dolphin pulled from Pensacola Bay

PENSACOLA - A dead dolphin was pulled from Pensacola Bay near Graffiti Bridge today. It appears to have died after getting tangled up in some rope attached to an anchor.

Some fishermen were out at the end of the Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge when they spotted the dolphin bobbing lifeless in the water.

It's a site no one wants to see and one that saddened folks who happened to have stopped in the area.

"It's heartbreaking," said Sheri Harris, of Gulf Breeze.

"Such a beautiful animal and it's just sad to see it go that way," said John Harris, who was with Sheri.
   
After they were called around 10:30 am, some workers with the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge dragged the dolphin over to the beach near Graffiti Bridge. They then loaded her onto a truck and took the adult female to their facility in Fort Walton Beach for further inspection.

"She got tangled up in some line," said Steve Shippee, who coordinates the marine animal response team that pulled the dolphin out, "There was an anchor line that was wrapped around her tail flukes and some fishing line associated with that, some sinkers and stuff. It looks like she struggled for a while and then probably died and sank, then floated back up after the gas inside of her body filled up."
   
Shippee says if you see a stranded animal in the water, alive or dead, call 1-877-WHALE-HELP to notify authorities. He says if you see a live animal stranded, don't push it back out to sea.

"Stay there, call, notify the officials, then wait for help to arrive," Shippee said.