NAPLES — Representatives for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were in Naples this morning searching for a bottlenose dolphin in distress just off the Naples Pier.
But officials did not spot the dolphin, dubbed The Beast by pier regulars, during today's search.
“It's been over a month now, this is the same one that's been observed near Clam's Pass,” said FWC spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro. “It's obviously troubling that there's an animal in distress.”
Officials believe the dolphin's right pectoral fin is wrapped in fishing line or netting.
Pier visitors first saw the dolphin on Tuesday morning when it was swimming on it's side and back. FWC officials said earlier this week that type of behavior means the dolphin is in distress.
City officials have been out on the water the past few days searching for, and monitoring the dolphin's moves, said Roger Jacobsen, the city's harbor and code enforcement manager.
Jacobsen was on the water again this morning and said he “did not find him at all today.”
Jacobsen said the city will continue to go out and look for the dolphin and provide assistance to FWC to get to the dolphin if needed.
Ferraro said people should call the FWC hot line, 888-404-FWCC, if they spot The Beast.