“She was eventually stranded and harassed by a crowd of people on the beach where she later died before rescuers could arrive on the scene,” the network wrote in a Facebook post.
Quintana Beach County Park officials said the animal washed up on the South Shore of Houston on Sunday evening. According to Brazoria County, park staff were called to keep the public away from the dolphin, but it died before rescuers could arrive from Galveston.
“At that time, the authors had long been [gone] and the animal was dead,” Quintana Beach County park officials said, calling the event a “tragedy.”
The dolphin was taken in for a necropsy, a non-human autopsy, to see why he was stranded, the county said.
The non-profit marine mammal group says people should not swim or interact with a stranded dolphin or whale, or try to push them back out to sea. Marine Mammal Protection Act regulations prohibit feeding and to harass marine mammals in the wild. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which works with the Texas nonprofit, says to stay at least 50 yards away from these creatures.
NOAA officials said they were aware of the dolphin’s death and were seeking information about it.