A sick bottlenose dolphin that was spotted Thursday in the shallows of Sag Harbor Cove was euthanized on Friday afternoon, according to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.
Foundation biologists and Sag Harbor Fire Department Dive Team members brought the dolphin to shore, where it was put down. The dolphin is being transported for the foundation’s facility—attached to the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead—where a necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
The foundation was concerned that the dolphin could be affected with morbillivirus, a measles-like virus that infected many dolphins found on the coast last summer.
Dan’s Papers employee Lisa Barone, who lives on Bay Point, called police Thursday night to report the bottlenose dolphin sighting. Barone said the dolphin was in very shallow water and not moving much. The police called in the Riverhead Foundation.
The dolphin was on the North Side on Bay Point, in between the point and North Haven.
Video of the dolphin Thursday: