NORFOLK -- Tim Lemley looked out from his motel room towards the waters off Ocean View Wednesday.
"Seen a fin popped up out of the water, people getting out of the water. They wasn't sure what it was," said Lemley. He and his family are visiting the area from Huntington, West Virginia. His daughter's boyfriend, Jeff Racer, went in for a closer look.
"I just didn't want it to be, like, half eaten and me be in a big pool of sharks and stuff, getting ready to get killed or something. It was pretty intense," 17-year-old Racer told 13News Now.
Eventually, he'd learn it was the body of a dolphin.
"When I swam out there, I mean, it looked like to me it was a float or something, so I just kind of touched it," Racer said. "I realized it was real, so I mean, I just dragged it in, 'bout 50 yards out and by the time I got 25, a couple other people came out and helped me drag it in, 'cause it was getting kind of heavy."
Lemley said the dolphin appeared to be hit by a boat or something else traveling in the water.
People with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center are expected to perform a necropsy on the dolphin.