FWC biologists find plastic bags, balloon in beached dolphin's stomach

FWC biologists find plastic bags, balloon in beached dolphin's stomach

FWC biologists found two plastic bags and a piece of a balloon in the stomach of a dolphin that beached in Florida this week.

The female rough-toothed dolphin stranded Tuesday on Fort Myers Beach.

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Biologists said the finding is significant although there are many other factors to consider including underlying illness, disease and maternal separation before a final cause of stranding and death for the dolphin can be determined.

The FWC says the plastic bags and balloon highlight the need to reduce single-use plastic -- and stop balloon releases into the environment.

If you see a stranded marine animal, call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert at 888-404-3922.

Biologists ask you don't push the animal back into the water as it can delay examination and treatment and often results in the animal restranding in worse condition.