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Dolphin escapes Long Beach construction zone

A dolphin is shown swimming in the Long Beach Harbor, where it became stuck in a confined space near a large construction zone on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Marine Animal Rescue officials said it made its way back to open water by Wednesday.

May 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A dolphin that was stuck in the Long Beach Harbor near a large construction project has escaped.

The Marine Animal Rescue said the dolphin made its way back to open water overnight.

The young dolphin became stuck in the port on Tuesday. It was surrounded by metal sheeting that was meant to be used as a foundation for a wharf.

Underwater divers cut holes into the metal sheeting to provide exits for the dolphin. Paddle boarders were preparing to coax the dolphin out Wednesday if it hadn't left on its own.