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Bittersweet saga of the ‘real’ Folly Beach baby dolphin | The Post and Courier

The rescue of a baby dolphin really was attempted on Folly Beach recently, it turns out.

Accounts of Brien Limehouse’s effort to save the stranded dolphin a few weeks ago circulated online after a photo of a baby dolphin on a man’s arm was posted on the Folly Beach page on Facebook last week and went viral, with thousands of people hitting the site.

The baby was a premature birth, not strong enough to make it, said Wayne McFee, National Ocean Service marine mammal stranding program scientist.

“Healthy bottlenose dolphin won’t strand unless they are strand-feeding,” he said. That’s when dolphins corral schools of fish onto shore and follow them up there to eat them.

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