A marine animal advocacy group has dialed up its calls for a forced removal of the visiting dolphin pod from the Navesink River following the death of a young female this week.
Meanwhile, redbankgreen has gotten an unconfirmed report that some of the pod has moved back into the Shrewsbury River, which feeds into Sandy Hook Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Bob Calandriello, assistant manager of Rumson’s Oceanic Marina, located opposite the area of the Navesink where the pod has spent the past ten weeks feeding, says a group of the mammals went downriver into the Shrewsbury last week and resumed its pattern of swimming north and south between two bridges one linking Rumson and Sea Bright and the other linking Sea Bright with Highlands.
Calandriello says he saw the dolphins himself opposite McLoone’s Rum Runner, the Sea Bright restaurant whose parking lot became a popular dolphin-watching spot for three weeks early in the summer before the dolphins took up residence about three miles west on the western side of the Oceanic Bridge, which links Middletown and Rumson.
At least a handful of the dolphins remained in the Navesink yesterday afternoon; the photo above shows three, as seen from the Oceanic Bridge looking toward Rumson.
Despite the death of one dolphin, Calandriello says the others appear healthy and strong.
“The day before yesterday (Tuesday), they were leaping out of the water,” he says. “It was like Sea World.