Dolphin washes ashore after what is believed to be shark attack

Dolphin washes ashore after what is believed to be shark attack

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ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A bottlenose dolphin washed ashore Thursday morning at Ormond Beach.

Just after 11 a.m., people who live along the 2400 block of Atlantic Avenue gathered to comfort  the dolphin until a rescue team could arrive.

"I've never seen anything like this," said one woman.  "That's why we ran down here."

Experts from Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute believed the dolphin was attacked by a shark and was also suffering from morbillivirus -- a measles-like virus for dolphins which has killed more than 750 of them this year in the Atlantic Ocean, between Florida and New York.

Rescue teams said the dolphin was not expected to survive.

Florida residents are encouraged to report any beached animals like dolphins and whales.  You can contact local authorities or notify the Florida Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

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