SeaWorld rescues and releases first Dolphin of 2013
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Yesterday morning, January 8, a team of marine animal rescue experts – from SeaWorld Orlando, National Marine Fisheries Services, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute – worked together to free a dolphin that had been tangled in fishing line in the Banana River, located near Cape Canaveral, Fla.The male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin was observed to be having difficulty swimming by a private citizen, which was reported to the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. Following the approval of the National Marine Fisheries Services, SeaWorld Orlando’s Rescue Team was called for assistance.
Upon arrival at Brevard County’s Banana River, animal experts were able to locate the sub-adult dolphin and successfully remove the monofilament line from his tail flukes. The 300-pound dolphin was also evaluated by SeaWorld Orlando veterinarian Dr. Lara Croft, and given long-term antibiotics. After determining the dolphin was in stable health, he was returned to the Banana River waters that same morning.