Dolphin drowns after getting entangled in net off Big Island

Photo provided by: Deron Verbeck
Photo provided by: Deron Verbeck

Scientists now know what killed a young dolphin found floating off the Big Island.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believes the animal drowned after getting entangled in a fishing net.

They believed it happened during the dolphin’s night time feeding.

Its body was found yesterday morning by a Big Island tour operator.

“So there’s garbage that’s floating around out there and animals may come in contact with it accidentally or they can even playing with it,” NOAA’s Marine Mammal Response Network Coordinator David Schofield said.

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