Showing posts with label Dolphin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dolphin. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rescuers Free Entangled Dolphin Off Of Cocoa Beach



COCOA BEACH, Florida – A juvenile dolphin entangled in rope that was spotted by Wildside Tours swimming in the Banana River over a month ago off of Cocoa Beach, Florida was finally freed by SeaWorld animal rescue workers with the help of personnel from Florida Fish and Wildlife, Georgia Aquarium and NOAA Fisheries.

 

The first attempt to free the dolphin failed two weeks ago when the calf’s mother became protective and aggressive towards rescuers.

According to NOAA, entanglement can cause decreased swimming ability, disruption in feeding, life-threatening injuries, and death.  Approximately 11% of wild dolphins captured for study bear indications of prior entanglement. Researchers consider the Indian River Lagoon as one of the “hot spots” in Florida for bottlenose dolphin entanglements.


Photo credit: Wildside Tours

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Study: Dolphins In Captivity Healthier Than In Wild


Dolphins in captivity are healthier than two wild dolphin populations found in Florida and South Carolina, a new study finds.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Help Find A Dolphin Swimming With A Rope Entanglement


COCOA BEACH, Florida – A dolphin entangled in rope was spotted by Wildside Tours swimming in the Banana River on Tuesday off of Cocoa Beach, Florida.

 

The dolphin was first seen swimming with a larger dolphin near Cocoa Beach High School. Another sighting of the dolphin pair was made later on Tuesday afternoon near some waterfront condominiums just north of the lagoon-end of Minuteman Causeway.

According to NOAA, entanglement can cause decreased swimming ability, disruption in feeding, life-threatening injuries, and death.  Approximately 11% of wild dolphins captured for study bear indications of prior entanglement. Researchers consider the Indian River Lagoon as one of the “hot spots” in Florida for bottlenose dolphin entanglements.


If you spot this entangled dolphin, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or the National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Region Stranding Network 24-hour hotline at 1-877-WHALE HELP (1-877-942-5343).


Photo credit: Wildside Tours
Video credit: FOX 35

Friday, February 19, 2016

VIDEO: Was A Baby Dolphin Killed By Tourists Taking Selfies?

A rare baby river dolphin was passed around for selfies at Santa Teresita beach in Argentina. Photo credit: Hernan Coria

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Porpoise Beached On Florida’s Space Coast

Beached Porpoise


MELBOURNE, Florida – A porpoise beached itself on Florida's Space Coast last night near the Crowne Plaza hotel just south of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

SeaWorld Treating Rough-Toothed Dolphin Rescued Off Clearwater Beach


CLEARWATER BEACH, Florida – On Father’s Day, SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team was called by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to receive and care for a rough-toothed dolphin who was found beached on the shoreline of Clearwater Beach. Rough-toothed dolphins are found in warm climates and in deep waters.  They are known to live near Hawaii and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. 

The 200 pound, 7 foot sub-adult male rough-toothed dolphin was retrieved by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Sunday morning and transported to SeaWorld Orlando.

Upon arrival, the dolphin was placed in a quarantine area where the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team and veterinarians provided immediate treatment and care including, fluids and antibiotics.  

Due to the dolphin being severely weak, the animal care team is constantly monitoring the dolphin’s respiration and four animal care experts are walking beside the dolphin 24/7 to help it gain strength. 

The dolphin will continue to receive round-the-clock care from the animal care team and more treatment will be administered if needed once results come back from blood work.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Scientists Study Dolphin Social Networks In Florida’s Indian River Lagoon


FORT PIERCE, Florida  – They may not be on Facebook or Twitter, but dolphins do, in fact, form highly complex and dynamic networks of friends, according to a recent study by scientists at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) at Florida Atlantic University. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fukushima Radiation and America’s Aquatic Dustbowl

A Brevard Times Editorial



The Banana River with NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in the background. Brevard Times / File photo.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — Several comparisons can be drawn between the American Dust Bowl of the 1930's and the recent plight of the Indian River Lagoon on Florida's east coast.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SeaWorld Orlando Returns Dolphin To Indian River Lagoon

Dolphin released in Indian River Lagoon.  Photo Credit: SeaWorld Orlando


MELBOURNE BEACH, Florida — After nearly five months of care at SeaWorld Orlando, an adult male dolphin was returned to Brevard County waters today near Melbourne Beach, Florida. 
 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Dead Dolphin Washes Ashore In Cocoa Beach


COCOA BEACH, Florida — A dead dolphin washed ashore on between 6th and 7th Street South in Cocoa Beach, Florida earlier this morning.  Cocoa Beach police remained on scene to prevent beachgoers from getting too close to the marine mammal's bloated carcass until Florida Fish and Wildlife personnel arrived.
 

Friday, August 2, 2013

NOAA: Unusual Number of Dolphins Dying Off Florida, Gulf of Mexico

Just weeks after an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) was declared for bottlenose dolphins dying in the Indian River Lagoon System along the east coast of Florida, another UME has been declared for dolphins and whales (cetaceans) in the northern Gulf of Mexico (Texas/ Louisiana border through Franklin County, FL) from February 2010 through the present. 

As of July 28, 2013, the Gulf UME involves 1030 Cetacean "strandings" in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (5% stranded alive and 95% stranded dead). Although the 2002 to 2009 average annual dolphin death rate for that geographic area is 74, 202 dolphin deaths have been recorded from January 1, 2013 to July 28, 2013. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

SeaWorld Rescues Bottlenose Dolphin Beached In Florida: VIDEO


MERRITT ISLAND, Florida – SeaWorld Orlando's Animal Rescue team rescued an adult male bottlenose dolphin that was found stranded in shallow water in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Brevard County on Central Florida's east coast.

Monday, May 21, 2012

SeaWorld Orlando Rescues Newborn Baby Dolphin

 

EDGEWATER, Florida and ORLANDO, Florida – SeaWorld's animal rescue team traveled from Orlando to Three Sisters Island, in Volusia County, Florida, yesterday afternoon to rescue a stranded newborn dolphin calf.