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Rare dolphin stranded multiple times at Emerald Bay sadly needs to be euthanized 

On Saturday, Dec 1, at 11:45 a.m., Pacific Marine Mammal Center received a call about a rare dolphin that had stranded itself multiple times at Emerald Bay, according to LBPD Civilian Services Administrator Jim Beres. 

“PMMC sent a rescue team and decided to bring the dolphin back as the animal was clearly in distress,” PMMC Events and Public Relations Coordinator Krysta Higuchi said. “Upon further examination, humane euthanasia was determined as the best course of action. The dolphin was seizing, had severe raking, a severe jaw injury and was in respiratory distress.” 

According to Higuchi, a necropsy was performed Sunday and it was determined that the animal was a striped dolphin, rare for coastal California waters, normally found in tropical waters.

“The dolphin was found to have serious jaw injuries directly causing other life threatening complications,” Higuchi said. “Injuries were determined to not be human caused but possibly from fights with other dolphins or species over food sources or aggressive mating behaviors.” 

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Photo by Mark Girardeau/Courtesy of PMMC

A rare dolphin strands itself multiple times at Emerald Bay, sadly needs to be euthanized

The dolphin was determined to be a juvenile female. Two have been reported,  both within the last 30 days, in Northern California.

“PMMC is hoping this isn’t a sign that warmer waters are again hitting our coastline; changes in ocean patterns like these can adversely affect marine life and our coastal ecosystems,” Higuchi said.

She lauded others involved who played an integral part in facilitating looking out for the well-being of the dolphin.

“Thank you to Newport Coastal Adventure and the public beach goers for reporting the animal so quickly,” Higuchi said. “Though it was a sad outcome, the animal was clearly suffering and the quick and respectful direction and action from everyone at the beach created what would be best for that animal.” 

Mark Girardeau, a wildlife photographer aboard the Newport Coastal Adventure boat, captured the attempted rescues via a live video on social media that showed the young dolphin as it tried to get back to shore.

PMMC is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information about PMMC or to make a donation, visit or call (949) 494-3050.

Arson at Bus Depot, LBFD and LBPD quick to respond 

On Sunday, Dec 2, at 9:23 a.m., LBFD and LBPD officers responded to the Bus Depot public restrooms in reference to an arson investigation in the men’s restroom. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Jim Cota, it was determined the toilet paper dispenser in the handicap stall had been set on fire. Several feet of wall tile were damaged as a result. The estimated damage cost is $2,500. 

“A homeless subject was in the area at the time of the incident. He approached officers and claimed he put the fire out with his spare clothes,” Sgt Cota said. “His actual involvement is unknown at this time.”

Alleged graffiti tagger gets tagged by LBPD

Police Files Jason RobertsOn Monday, Nov 12, at 5:27 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the 200 block of Ocean Avenue regarding reports of vandalism that had just occurred. Employees at Ocean at Main reportedly observed a suspect spray-painting graffiti on five walls located behind Ocean at Main, behind the former theater, and on the side of Dan Miller Jewelry.

“The restaurant manager tried to detain the suspect and place him under a private person’s arrest. The suspect fled on foot but was caught by the manager and a couple of his employees a short distance away,” Sgt Cota said. “They put the resistive suspect on the ground and held him until officers arrived.”

Laguna Beach resident Jason Travis Roberts, 41, was placed under arrest for vandalism.

Bail was set at $25,000.