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Dolphin washes ashore at Ocean Beach

The carcass of a bottlenose dolphin was removed from Ocean Beach Monday after officials received reports that a dolphin and a seal were found washed ashore.

A team from the National Park Service, Marine Mammal Center and California Academy of Sciences responded to find the carcasses of a bottlenose dolphin and an elephant seal.

Researchers loaded the 755-pound dolphin carcass onto a truck for transport to Sausalito, where a necropsy will be conducted to determine the age and condition of the dolphin, as well as a cause of death. Samples were also collected from the elephant seal for analysis.

This is the 12th dolphin the Marine Mammal Center has responded to in its 40-year history.

The public is asked to report sick and injured marine mammals to The Marine Mammal Center by calling 415-289-SEAL (7325). A safe distance of at least 50 feet should be maintained from marine mammals, and dogs should be kept away from dead or dying animals.

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