NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida – A small bottlenose dolphin was found dead on New Smyrna Beach early Sunday, according to Volusia County Beach Safety.

  • Bottlenose dolphin found dead on the beach
  • SeaWorld team took the dolphin away
  • Officials have not yet determined cause of death

The dolphin was discovered just before 8 a.m. near the end of the beach, north of Beachway Avenue.

Members of SeaWorld's rescue team arrived at the beach and took the dolphin away.

A necropsy will likely be conducted to determine the animal's cause of death, authorities say.

Volusia County Beach Safety added that there are no signs of red tide at the beach.