ATLANTIC BEACH - A baby dolphin that washed up on Atlantic Beach this afternoon is the latest to die on a Long Island shoreline this year.
The baby bottlenose dolphin was barely alive when it washed on shore.
Lifeguards attempted to coax the animal back out into the ocean, but the dolphin came back to the shore. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation was called in. The animal died after being taken away by the foundation.
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The Riverhead Foundation says it has seen a total of 71 whales and dolphins wash up dead on Long Island beaches this year – including 30 bottlenose dolphins. The average is only 10 per year.