Watch: Has Anyone Lost a Dolphin?

Rescue crews today will again try to shoo the animal out of the shallow canal at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.

Marine mammal rescuers today will try to shoo a dolphin out of the Bolsa Chica shallows and into the ocean.

At sundown Friday, the dolphin was circling in water only about 3-feet deep.

Peter Wallerstein, a veteran seal, dolphin and whale wrangler, and several other people tried to persuade to the roughly 7-foot-long, 500-pound mammal to head for deep water, but it remained in Bolsa Bay.

Dolphins can sense a turn of the tide, and would-be rescuers hope it will rejoin its pod during the next high tide. Several other dolphin were hanging around the Warner Avenue bridge, on the Huntington Harbour side of the waterway.

Wallerstein and other dolphin experts with the group Marine Animal Rescue will monitor the situation today and, if necessary, may put the dolphin in a harness and move it into deep water.

"It's a healthy, adult animal, and it's not needed for us to intervene right now," Wallerstein said.

The dolphin likely chased some bait fish into a "dead-end area" of the wetlands near Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, Wallerstein said.

Wallerstein urged curious onlookers to stay away.

"We just want people to be smart. If they go and observe, be quiet and don't get involved or get in the water," Wallerstein said, adding that too much noise or activity could make the dolphin anxious.

"Be smart and stay away," he said.

enea ostrich April 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I do hope they guide him, for dolphins are the most beautiful creatures when happy, wnich is usually most of the time. This one slipped through the cracks and his only hope is the recue crew. God bless!
Kenneth Larson April 28, 2012 at 05:43 AM
I hope they can rescue or guide the dolphin to safe waters. Dolphins can communicate by sonar sounds with human beings and are looked at as intelligent and trusting creatures. There seems to be a lot of junk and garbage floating around in the Pacific these days and also from the recent Japanese Tsunimi & quake so all this could be a problem to marine animals and their guidance and sonar systems.
beergut April 28, 2012 at 05:57 AM
To all at Marine Animal Rescue organization, Thank You, for all you do.
Karen Ferretti April 28, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I hope it finds it's way out naturally.


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