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, local veterinarians 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.
This is the first bottlenose dolphin to be rescued this year.
In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the ocean. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 22,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than four decades.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates 10 parks across the U.S. including SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va.; Discovery Cove and Aquatica in Orlando; Sesame Place near Philadelphia, Pa.; and water parks Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Williamsburg. The 10 parks play host to 25 million guests each year and employ 26,000 people nationwide. To learn more, visit SeaWorldParksandEntertainment.