Activists rally outside Scottsdale aquarium after federal report on dolphin death

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The group Dolphin Free AZ held a memorial Saturday for "Bodie" the dolphin after a federal report revealed a cause of death different than initially reported by Dolphinaris.  

The bottlenose dolphin died September 23.

At the time Dolphinaris said Bodie died from a "rare muscle disease." 

But records obtained this afternoon from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which keeps a catalog of marine mammals in captivity, notes the cause of death as a “fungal infection.”

[READ MORE: Discrepancy in reported cause of death at Dolphinaris raises new concerns]

"We're still fighting for the rest of the seven [dolphins], but we did fail at getting one of them free," says Robert Franklin with Dolphin Free AZ.

Dolphinaris admitted Bodie had a fungal infection but explained the infection was secondary to the muscle disease.  The aquarium says its remaining seven dolphins are healthy.

[RELATED: 'Bodie' the dolphin dies at Dolphinaris Arizona]

[RELATED: Mourners hold candlelight vigil in Scottsdale for Bodie the dolphin]

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