NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - A stranded dolphin on Grand Isle was rescued Monday and is being treated in New Orleans.
Audubon Nature Institute reported it partnered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to rescue the juvenile male dolphin after it was stranded on the beach.
Officials said the dolphin is undergoing evaluation and treatment at the Audubon Aquatic Center.
They added the 6.5 foot dolphin is believed to be about two years old.
"We had a short window to diagnose whether the animal could be released or brought back to the AAC for treatment," Gabriella Vazquez, Audubon's stranding and rescue coordinator, said. "He was lethargic and had short, shallow breaths. We attempted a soft release in the surf, but he showed no initiative to swim back into the Gulf. Ultimately, we determined he needed to be brought to the AAC for rehabilitation."
It is unknown how long the dolphin will remain at the center receiving treatment.