CBS 10: Dolphin tracked since 2006 found dead amid red tide outbreak; total now up to 11

CBS 10: Written by Andrew Krietz. August 13, 2018.

Two more dead bottlenose dolphins have been recovered amid southwest Florida's red tide outbreak, bringing the total to 11 since last Tuesday.

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium's Stranding Investigation Program recovered the dolphins Sunday morning, according to Hayley Rutger, its content development manager.

The 11th dolphin was a 12-year-old named Speck, who was being tracked since birth by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. He spent most of his time in the area of Siesta, Casey and Lido keys and had been documented more than 340 times, according to the group.

Necropsies are ongoing or will be conducted on all the animals to figure out their cause of death. The toxic red tide appears to be the leading candidate, however, having already killed thousands of fish, manatees, sea turtles and other marine life in recent weeks.

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