Dolphins spotted in the West River, boaters asked to keep their distance

Posted at 11:53 AM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 16:33:29-04

Maryland Natural Resources Police are asking boaters to be careful of a pod of dolphins spotted on the West River in Anne Arundel County this week. 

Candy Thomson, the Public Information officer for Maryland NPR, said that the dolphins were first seen in the river along the Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday and have been swimming around since. 

She said the dolphins come up every year depending on the quality of the water and have been known to go as far as Baltimore. 

Boaters may be excited to see the unique water mammals, but they are encouraged to keep their distance. If you spot the dolphins it's ok to take pictures, but slow down, use every lookout, maneuver carefully and refrain from causing any stress to the animals. 

The following video was taken from a Maryland NPR patrol boat and shows the dolphins swimming happily:

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