A dead dolphin washed ashore in Gulf Breeze near the bridge to Pensacola Beach yesterday. It was found by residents of Baybridge Condominiums in Gulf Breeze.
PNJ reporter Sean Dugas calculates this is the eighth dolphin to wash ashore in the Florida Panhandle "from Walton to Escambia County." A necropsy is planned to determine the cause of death.
Dolphins are vulnerable to many diseases that also afflict humans.
"If they are getting sick in the water, we could too," Amanda Wilkerson of Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge says. "But we won't know the exact cause of death until we get the lab results."
Wilkerson told a Mobile television reporter that dolphins commonly share many respiratory diseases with humans. However, they also are highly intelligent creatures with a larger, more complex brain than humans, so suicide over the state of the earth cannot yet be ruled out.