Wayward N.J. dolphins move to different river

July 16, 2008 1:22:40 PM PDT
Some of the dolphins that have been entertaining spectators in a river at the New Jersey shore appear to have moved into another waterway instead of returning to the ocean. The marine mammals have been feeding on fish in the Shrewsbury River near Red Bank for the past few weeks.

Federal environmental representative Teri Frady said Wednesday that wildlife officials saw the dolphins during the weekend in the connecting Navesink River.

Frady says that area is more remote and fewer people will bother the dolphins there. Authorities have issued 11 citations for harassing the dolphins.

An estimated 8 to 12 dolphins were in the Navesink over the weekend, down from 15 in the Shrewsbury earlier. It's unclear whether the others are back in the Atlantic.