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Dead dolphin washes ashore on Sanibel beach

August 16, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The carcass of a juvenile dolphin was collected today from Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel.

City officials reported that the animal was retrieved this morning and transported to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a necropsy. Yesterday, crews removed three large carcasses during the cleanup, which included one goliath grouper - an endangered species - and two tarpon.

At this time, the city has a crew of 30 contractual laborers and equipment collecting residual fish that wash ashore at least twice a day. It also has two contractual boats cleaning residual fish from the canals and any additional cleanup on the bayside that cannot be accessed from shore.

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The carcass of a juvenile dolphin was retrieved today from Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel. It was transported to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a necropsy.

In City Manager Judie Zimomra's daily report today, the success of the island's beach cleanup over the past three weeks was directly attributed to the leadership of the city's elected officials.

"We also truly appreciate the tremendous support of the workers in the field completing this odoriferous and strenuous task," she added. "Thank you."

In addition, today's report will be the last, unless the circumstances change significantly.

"With the rapid mobilization of significant labor and equipment over the past three weeks, we have removed the death and devastation deposited on our shores," Zimomra said. "We are well aware that the removal of the dead sea life is not a solution to our region's water quality challenges. Rest assured, however, as a city and as a community, our top priority remains water quality. After this horrific experience, we are even more committed to the dogged pursuit of long-term solutions to the freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee and storm water runoff from the Caloosahatchee watershed."

Today, the city issued a new call to action requesting a "Stop of the Lake O Discharges." It is asking that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement emergency actions to maintain flows at or below 3,000 cubic feet per second.

"Protect our environment, protect our local businesses and protect our property values and act," she said. "We need your voice to stop the devastation Sanibel has experienced since the freshwater releases began in June."

Today's first light of day report from city staff is as follows:

- Lighthouse Beach

Current Conditions: Good on Gulfside and poor on bayside

Red Tide: No irritation present

Odor: Moderate

Deposits: Six to 25 dead fish every 10 feet

- Sanibel Boat Ramp

Current Conditions: Fair

Red Tide: Not present

Odor: Not present

Deposits: Four dead fish every 10 feet

- Algiers Beach (Gulfside City Park)

Current Conditions: Good

Red Tide: Very slight irritation present

Odor: Not present

Deposits: None present

- Tarpon Bay Beach

Current Conditions: Good

Red Tide: Very slight irritation present

Odor: Not present

Deposits: None present

- Bowman's Beach

Current Conditions: Good

Red Tide: No irritation present

Odor: Not present

Deposits: None present

- Blind Pass

Current Conditions: Good

Red Tide: No irritation present

Odor: Slight

Deposits: None present

- Turner Beach Park

Current Conditions: Good

Red Tide: No irritation present

Odor: Not present

Deposits: None present

Based on tides, winds and currents, the conditions may alter quickly and significantly.

If you encounter a large carcass needing removal, email the address to sanpw@mysanibel.com - photos and an exact location help - or contact the Public Works Department at 239-472-6397.

 
 

 

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