Baby Dolphins Found Dead in Northwest Florida

OKALOOSA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) _ Biologists are warning boaters in northwest Florida to avoid dolphins after two babies were struck and killed by a boat propeller just days apart.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports ( ) the first dolphin washed up near Gulf Breeze last week after being hit by a boat.

The second was found Monday west of Pensacola with numerous deep cuts.

Marine biologist Steve Shippee with the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge performed a necropsy on the second dolphin that was struck by a fast-moving boat.

Shippee says these two dolphins are the first propeller victims he’s seen.

He warns boaters against getting too close to dolphins or trying to pet or feed them.

News Talk Florida Staff