– Florida Ecosystems

Have you seen us out and about in Florida? In the past few weeks we’ve been teaching Floridians about the local ecosystems and how they can help them at the Rockwell Collins Employee Fair, Brevard Zoo, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, and Sams House at Pine Island Conservation Area! Keep your eye on our page (or follow us on twitter @HSWRI) to see where we turn up next!  

– HSWRI Participates in Rockwell Collins Employee Fair

Nicola Bieber and Ron Zerwek of Rockwell Collins with HSWRI Florida’s research scientist Megan Stolen and Eileen Sigler participating in an employee fair today. Rockwell Collins’ Green Community’s grant program was the seed supporter of this new citizen science program, ‘Otter Spotter.’

Learn more at www.hswri.org/indian-river-lagoon-otters

– Disentangling a Dolphin Calf

 

This dolphin calf was sighted with a rope through his mouth and around his body. After successful disentanglement with help from HSWRI, the calf and mother swam off together.

– Up & Running Fundraiser Benefits HSWRI

Nothing better than a race on the beach with the Florida sun coming up to benefit our marine mammal stranding program!

Over 300 participants enjoyed post-race snacks and beer courtesy of Longdoggers Satellite Beach. Special thanks to Elizabeth Ring and Up & Running Fitness for putting on this fundraiser for us in its third year. Also many thanks to SeaWorld for donating treasured prize packages for SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica!

 

– IRL Survey Progress Report

In the last nine months our scientists and collaborators completed more than 100 surveys in the first comprehensive vessel survey of Indian River Lagoon (IRL) dolphins. To date we’ve processed 100,000 photos from the trips. The photos’ data will estimate the IRL dolphin population, which has suffered multiple Unusual Mortality Events recently.

We are extremely grateful to our supporters, the large group of volunteers, and our collaborators who’ve made this effort possible: FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station, Volusia County, Florida Environmental Management and St. Johns River Water Management District. Together we’ll continue to process this important data!

– Otter Presentation at Brevard County Barrier Island Center

#WorldOtterDay may be over but our work is not – join our Research Scientist Megan Stolen at Brevard County Barrier Island Center tomorrow for information on how you can help Indian River Lagoon otters!

– Otter Spotter Interview on WFIT

Our research scientist Megan Stolen was interviewed this week on WFIT’s Coastal Connection program about Otter Spotter, our new citizen science program where the community helps collect information about Indian River Lagoon otters.

Listen to her interview here: http://wfit.org/post/calling-all-otter-spotters#stream/0

Find out more about the program here! http://hswri.org/indian-river-lagoon-otters/

– Awesome Ocean: Florida Dolphin Calf Found Tangled Up In…What Else? Trash!

By Emily Persico / May 22, 2017

In an inspirational display of teamwork, a calf tangled up in trash was freed from the constrictive grip of rope and fishing line.

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute was the leader in this mission. They are a nonprofit with a location in Melbourne Beach, Florida, perfectly positioned to monitor this young calf over several days as the weather calmed enough for them to reach it.

When they finally reached the calf, it was clear that its fin had been sliced by the line and rope that extended from the calf’s mouth and encircled its whole body. Luckily, the cut was minor enough that the calf could be immediately released following disentanglement, and it swam off with its mother free of human burdens.

In a five-year span, 35 dolphins, 163 sea turtles, and 250 seabirds were entangled in monofilament fishing line in Florida. This line can be recycled and, at the very least, not littered in our oceans.

This calf was lucky, and it could not have been saved without the generous efforts of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station, FAU Harbor Brach Oceanographic Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA, and SeaWorld Orlando. It takes a community of dedicated professionals.

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute left its Facebook followers with this message: “You can do your part to prevent wildlife entanglements by properly disposing of fishing gear and participating in clean up efforts to remove debris from local waterways.”

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– Space Coast Daily: Hubbs-Seaworld Saves Entangled Dolphin Calf Near Cocoa Beach

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA– Hubbs-SeaWorld  helped free a dolphin calf recently near Cocoa Beach that was entangled in a rope and monofilament fishing line.

The calf was sighted a while ago with a rope through his mouth and around his body, but rescue efforts were delayed by poor weather.

After successful disentanglement today, the calf and mother swam off together.

You can do your part to prevent wildlife entanglements by properly disposing of fishing gear and participating in clean up efforts to remove debris from local waterways.

Thank you as always to our partners in this rescue, including Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and SeaWorld Orlando.

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– Florida Today: Dolphin rescued from entanglement in Cocoa Beach

by Lamaur Stancil, Florida Today

Wildlife agencies teamed up Wednesday to free a baby dolphin from some fishing line in Cocoa Beach.

Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservartion Commission said the calf was entangled with the fishing line through its mouth and around its body. The dolphin had been spotted before Wednesday, but Hubbs-Sea World said in a statement on Facebook that a rescue was delayed because of weather.

“The rescue team removed the rope and set” the calf free, said Michelle Kerr, FWC public information specialist.

Hubbs-Sea World officials said people can prevent wildlife entanglements by properly disposing of fishing gear. Officials at Hubbs-Sea World could not be reached for further comment Thursday.

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