Two Dolphins Wander Into Huntington Beach Wetlands Area

"They do seem to not want to be separated," said Keith Matassa, of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center

By Jonathan Lloyd and Vikki Vargas
|  Friday, Mar 1, 2013  |  Updated 9:44 PM PDT
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Two dolphins appeared to be stranded Friday morning in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. However, they might have just been making a pit stop. Vikki Vargas reports from the Bolsa Chica Wetlands for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 1, 2013.

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Two dolphins appeared to be stranded Friday morning in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. However, they might have just been making a pit stop. Vikki Vargas reports from the Bolsa Chica Wetlands for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 1, 2013.

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Dolphins Visit Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Two dolphins wandered into a wetlands area in Huntington Beach near Pacific Coast Highway Friday before apparently heading back out to sea. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on March 1, 2013.
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Two dolphins wandered into a wetlands area in Huntington Beach near Pacific Coast Highway Friday before apparently heading back out to sea.

Aerial video showed the dolphins swimming in a shallow area at about 10:20 a.m. The location is near Pacific Coast Highway and Warner Avenue (map).

Biologists told NBC4 the dolphins might have followed bait fish into the wetlands. The route winds from the Pacific Ocean, through Huntington Harbor, under a bridge and into the wetlands.

"They seem to be bonded in some way," said Keith Matassa, of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. "They do seem to not want to be separated. One is definitely coming in to be with the other, and they're staying together."

The dolphins appear healthy, officials said.

Aerial video showed rescue team members on boards paddling near the dolphins.

Police provided traffic control in the area.

In April, another wayward dolphin was in the area for about a week. It is believed that dolphin returned to sea.

 
 


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