- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Rescuers at southern New Jersey lagoon have called off efforts to capture a young harbor porpoise after determining the mammal’s expertise at evading their nets shows it’s in fine health.

The porpoise has been feeding and frolicking in a chain of lagoons off Barnegat Bay in Ocean County for a week.

Rescuers had planned to capture the porpoise to do blood tests and make sure it wasn’t injured before releasing it into open water.

But the wily mammal eluded their nets and boats with ease in a lagoon in Little Egg Harbor Township Wednesday morning.

Bob Schoelkopf (SHELL’-koff) of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center says that’s a clear sign the mammal is healthy.

There’s nothing preventing the porpoise from swimming out to sea on its own.

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