Dolphin calf found stranded in Mandurah Estuary euthanased at the weekend

Pic: ABC News/Andrew O'Connor
Pic: ABC News/Andrew O'Connor

A MISSION to save a stranded baby dolphin in the Mandurah Estuary at the weekend sadly ended with the calf being euthanised.

The dolphin was discovered stranded in the shallows of the estuary on Saturday morning.

Volunteers moved the dolphin into deeper water hoping its’ calls would alert the mother.

However, attempts to find the mother and pod failed.

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A Department of Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman said the only option was to euthanise the dolphin.

She said its young age meant it would likely die of starvation if it were left to fend for itself.

The dolphin’s body will be used for research at Murdoch University.