Wayward dolphin spotted swimming in Connecticut river – Boston News, Weather, Sports

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — An unpredictable dolphin has swam in a Connecticut river after making its way upstream from Long Island Sound.

The dolphin was first sighted by fishermen along the River Thames on Thursday morning. A video posted to Facebook shows the dolphin frolicking near Norwich Marina, about 15 miles from the Sound. Eventually, the Mystic Aquarium animal rescue team was notified. They have been monitoring the situation along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The marine mammal was spotted again in the same area on Friday morning.

The dolphin appears to be small and could be a juvenile, said Alexandra Cojocaru, the aquarium’s animal rescue technician.

It’s possible it was looking for food or was simply turned over and separated from its capsule, she said.

Cojocaru said it’s unusual but not uncommon for a dolphin to find its way into the river, and she hopes it will eventually find its way back to Long Island Sound without needing rescue.

“If they stay in freshwater for a long time, it can cause problems with their skin and other things,” she said. “So it’s definitely not ideal for them to be in fresh water for long periods of time.”

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