Dolphin Stranded in Wetlands California marine officials will hold off on rescue for now By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Apr 27, 2012 4:56 PM CDT 6 comments Comments File photo. The stranded dolphin is actually in a wetlands area of Southern California. (Flicker) (Newser) – Marine mammal experts in Southern California have decided to wait and see whether a dolphin that strayed into a shallow wetlands channel can find its way out. The 7-foot-long black-and-white common dolphin made its way into Orange County's Bolsa Chica wetlands and was spotted swimming in tight circles near a road. Lifeguards approached the dolphin, but it seemed strong and healthy and would not let them get close. As a result, rescuers will hold back for now.