Oil-Soaked Dolphin Gets Rescued From Gulf But Does Not Survive Trip To Rescue Facility

In the event that you needed even more visual evidence of the catastrophic environmental impact of the BP oil disaster there is this video which shows an individual pulling an oil covered dolphin from a Pensacola beach. Alas, the dolphin did not survive its rescue, dying on its way to a local rescue facility in Panama City.

Writing for the Pensacola News Journal, Kaycee Lagarde and Bill Vilona report:

Christy Travis first saw oil splotched along the beach as she approached the surf at Fort Pickens. Then she turned and saw a bottlenose dolphin in distress.

“It was heartbreaking. Everyone was crying,’’ said Travis, 41, who was visiting with her family from Arkansas when they discovered the dolphin and joined with others in attempt to save it.

“We had oil all over us,’’ Travis said.

The dolphin did not survive. It died while enroute to Gulf World Marine Park, a rescue facility in Panama City.

A necropsy will be performed to determine exact cause of death, according to Courtnee Ferguson of the BP Unified Command Joint Information Center in Mobile.

The following audio-less video was apparently shot by a local tourist who documented the rescue attempt (made by another tourist.) (H/T

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