It’s a surprising find. A man out fishing with his friends finds a dead dolphin in Lake Pontchartrain. WGNO’s Vanessa Bolano went out on the water so we could see it for ourselves.
It’s not the catch Wetlands Scientist Daniel Becker expected to make.
“My friend thought he saw a fish. I thought it was a piece of foam. It took a little convincing to actually come back and look,” says Becker.
And when he took a second look this is what he found.
“I’m 100% sure it is a dolphin,” says Becker, “I’ve never heard of a dolphin in Lake Pontchartrain dying and washing ashore.”
The decaying, eight foot long dolphin washed up on the rocks on the South Shore of Lake Pontchartrain by South Point. Becker made the discovery Tuesday and immediately notified the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Becker thinks it made its way into the lake before weeks ago, died, and was washed ashore during a storm.
“I really don’t see any damage to his body other than these marks that probably came from these rocks or some animal like scraping at him afterwards,” says Becker.
He believes the dolphin was killed either by a bacteria outbreak, swimming through a dead spot, or by coming into contact with Corexit, the dispersant used during the oil spill, but no one will know for sure until a proper investigation is done.