Dolphins spotted in Narragansett Bay

Atlantic dolphins have been spotted by several boaters and fisherman in the Narragansett Bay in the vicinity of the Mt. Hope Bridge. (Photo: Lee Dooley / WPRI 12)

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — Atlantic dolphins were spotted in Narragansett Bay this past weekend, which is a rare sighting for the area.

It is unclear why the dolphins traveled deep into the bay. Local recreational fishermen suspect that they are feeding on above normal amounts of small ‘bait’ forage fish that are being found in the bay this time of the year. False Albacore and other fish species have been schooling up and feeding in the upper sections of the Narragansett Bay in large numbers this October which is somewhat uncommon as well.

Janelle Schuh, Stranding Coordinator at the Mystic Aquarium Animal Rescue Program, said it is common to receive reports of every month of the year.

“It is common for us to receive reports of cetaceans every month of the year; with summer and fall consisting of the most reports,” she said in a statement. “Over the last four years, Narragansett Bay has made up approximately 20 percent of these calls. Because of its commonality, we would not contribute it to warmer water temperatures.”

In the above video sent in by a local fisherman, a pod of dolphins swim around a boat in Narragansett Bay near the Mt Hope Bridge in between Portsmouth and Bristol.