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Severely injured dolphin later found dead near Sarasota

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

A 37-year-old male dolphin has died after he was severely injured by presumably a boat propeller.

On July 15 scientists with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program observed ‘Otter' swimming in the gulf with deep lacerations across its back.

The officials believe it was caused by a boat. Otter was seen previously on July 9 without any injury.

Otter was spotted during one of SDRP's dolphin surveys, which are done about 10 times a month. He has been observed regularly over the years.

Despite his obvious injury, his behavior appeared normal and he was associating with fellow dolphins.

Unfortunately, Otter was found dead in Palma Sola on Saturday.

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