Dolphin spotted at Norwich Marina

NORWICH, CT (WFSB) – Mystic Aquarium officials have confirmed a dolphin sighting at the Norwich Marina.

Channel 3 viewer Joe Gagliardo sent in a video which shows the dolphin entering marina waters on Thursday.

Gagliardo told Eyewitness News the dolphin arrived Thursday morning and informed Mystic Aquarium.

The aquarium said it first received a report of the dolphin around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Aquarium officials said they don’t know if the dolphin got nervous from the boats moving around the marina or if it got tangled in the fishing line.

A person told the aquarium that they spotted the dolphin last night.

With the help of Norwich Police, they secured boats to avoid the dolphin.

The aquarium said the dolphin appears to have left the marina and has not been seen since.

Mystic Aquarium said it could be a common dolphin, native to North Atlantic waters and Long Island Sound in the summer. They’re not positive yet, because it’s hard to tell in the videos.

It’s not uncommon for common dolphins to move slightly inland when searching for food or trying to escape danger, the aquarium said.

Mystic Aquarium said it is monitoring the dolphin closely as Norwich is very inland.

The aquarium said it contacted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in case the dolphin needed rescue or aquatic removal.

NOAA and Mystic Aquarium are monitoring the dolphin in hopes that it leaves the area on its own.

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