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12-year-old dolphin monitored by scientists in Sarasota County found dead amid red tide outbreak

Posted: 11:15 AM, Aug 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-13 21:09:05Z

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — A 12-year-old dolphin monitored by scientists in Sarasota County has been found dead, along with 10 other dolphins amid the red tide outbreak in southwest Florida. 

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The dolphin, named "Speck," was documented more than 340 times since his birth in 2006 and was part of a decades-long study of the long-term resident bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota Bay, Florida. 

"Speck" was identified by scientists from Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, a Chicago Zoological Society program that Mote Marine Lab participates in.

Eleven dolphins have now been found dead in Sarasota County, Florida, according to Mote Marine Lab. 

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