Dolphin Rescued By Sea World Orlando And Georgia Aquarium After Shark Attack
Last week, a 265 lb. female sub-adult Atlantic bottlenose dolphin in Ponte Verda Beach, Florida was rescued by the Sea World Orlando Rescue Team and the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station. The teams were called to assist by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) after determining that a rescue and rehabilitation attempt was necessary due to the animal’s life-threatening injuries. Conservation Field Station veterinarian, Dr. Rose Borkowski was on scene alongside FWC and conferred with NOAA Fisheries Service after assessing the animal and the decision was made to transport the animal to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation.
The dolphin sustained multiple shark bite wounds to her body and right pectoral flipper. She is currently in Sea World Orlando’s Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility where she is being carefully watched and given 24 hour care. Upon her initial examination she was able to swim unsupported in the park’s rescue facility. The dolphin will continue to receive around-the-clock care from the animal rescue team and further treatment will be administered as the dolphin’s condition changes.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team is on call 24/7 to save and care for injured, orphaned or ill animals. In collaboration with NOAA Fisheries and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs authorized to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the ocean. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 31,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than five decades. For more information on SeaWorld rehabilitation, visit the official SeaWorld Cares website by clicking here.
For more information, visit the official SeaWorld Orlando website or the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station website.
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