SANTA BARBARA, Calif.
— A dolphin that was caught in the middle of a river in southern California died after being rescued from a shallow grave.
The dolphin, named Down Syndrome Dolphin, was found Tuesday afternoon by a man who was walking his dog, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.
A few hours later, the Sheriff’s department said, the dolphin was rescued by a diver and taken to a hospital where it was pronounced dead.
The coroner’s office did not immediately release a cause of death.
Santa Barbara County has the largest concentration of Down Syndrome dolphins in the world, according the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
They are also among the rarest dolphin species.
An estimated 3,500 dolphins are living in captivity in California, mostly in San Diego County.