A baby dolphin was found stranded on a Florida beach but despite efforts to help the creature, biologists decided it was already too late to save the animal. The rough-toothed dolphin looked emaciated when it was found on the shore of Fort Myers Beach on April 23. Rescue workers tried to save the calf but it was in such poor condition, they decided to euthanize it. It turns out the marine mammal consumed objects that may have contributed to its death. Biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation's (FFWC), who conducted necropsy of the creature, found two plastic bags and a piece of balloon in the dolphin's stomach.
The preliminary findings nonetheless underscore current problems with plastic waste. Plastic in the ocean pose risk to cetaceans and marine life. Direct health impacts include dietary dilution, gut blockage, starvation, laceration, ulceration, and secondary infection.