(CLEARWATER, Fla.) -- An exhausted baby dolphin that washed up along a Florida coast is now recovering, officials said on Monday.
"The water was pretty choppy and the dolphin was very lethargic, very thin," Kelly Richmond of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.
Swimmers at Redington Beach on the Gulf coast spotted the animal on July 4 and alerted authorities.
Some people tried to push the dolphin back to sea -- a bad idea, Richmond said.
"That's what we don't want people to do," she said. "Usually if they're this close, it's for a reason. When they're sick, they strand themselves."
The dolphin -- a female about a couple months old -- is being treated at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
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