Apr 02

SeaWorld Rescues Wayward Dolphin

by Staff

A dolphin is back in open waters thanks to SeaWorld Orlando's Animal Rescue Team. On March 31, the group carried out an eight-hour rescue and relocation operation for the male dolphin that managed to swim into the Tomoka River in Ormond Beach, FL.

Dolphin Rescue

After the rescue and a veterinary health assessment, the 12-person rescue team relocated the marine mammal along the Intracoastal Waterway in Ormond Beach.

Dolphin and Vet

As lesions started to form on in its skin due to exposure to freshwater, biologists determined a rescue operation was needed to assist the animal. Now that the dolphin is back in saltwater, the lesions should begin to dissipate.

The successful venture was made possible by a collaborative effort between SeaWorld, NOAA Fisheries Service, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, The University of Florida and Volusia County.