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Dolphins Stranded On Florida Beach

Tue., Dec. 16, 1997, midnight

Rescuers struggled in cold, windy weather and rough water trying to help keep dozens of dolphins alive after the animals stranded themselves on a Florida Panhandle beach.

About 30 roughtooth dolphins, a species not normally found in shallow water, managed to swim back out into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, while 29 were trucked to a boat basin on Cape San Blas, a narrow, hook-shaped peninsula that juts into the gulf about 75 miles southwest of Tallahassee, said sheriff’s Capt. Joe Nugent.

Of the approximately 60 dolphins, about a dozen are known to have died.

Members of the public and even prison camp inmates waded into 62-degree water Sunday to join in the rescue effort along with personnel from government and rescue agencies.

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