Life of popular Suncoast dolphin celebrated

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NOKOMIS - Dozens said farewell Friday night to a well-known Suncoast dolphin.

"Beggar" – also known as “Mooch” -- died last week after nearly twenty years of swimming in Suncoast waters. The dolphin was a fixture near the Albee Road bridge in Nokomis, and got his nickname because of his tendency to approach boaters looking for handouts.

Friday night, people gathered for a benefit in his honor -- to say goodbye and raise money to help other marine animals. “I've been in this town for 22 years, and known Beggar all that time. And when it all happened and I heard what Dave Matthews of was doing, I said ‘I wanna be a part of that.’ Let’s raise some money for Mote Marine because Beggar was there for all of us because of Mote Marine,” said Dave Morse, owner of British Open Pub.

$5 raffle tickets with be sold at Casey Key Fish House and the British Open Pub from now through October 20th. Prize winners will be pulled at the Casey Key Fish House during band breaks at an event on October 20th from 4-9pm.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Mote Marine Research.

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