– 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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– Indian River Lagoon survey

Teams are out today in the final series of survey days to count dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) along the east coast of Florida. Dolphins are photographed and identified by the shape of their fin. This study is the most comprehensive survey of IRL dolphins and is critically needed as this population has undergone several die-off events in recent years. We’re very grateful to all the volunteers who donate their valuable time and expertise to make this study possible.

– National Dolphin Day

Happy #NationalDolphinDay! Here at HSWRI we’re committed to dolphin conservation and have helped with their rescues and studied their health and populations for more than three decades. We educate the community year round about ‘best practices’ for boating and fishing around dolphins, the health of the Indian River Lagoon, and other topics key to keeping Florida’s dolphin populations thriving! #HealthyOceans 

– Where’s Rodeo?

Forget Waldo – where’s Rodeo? We responded to Rodeo when he stranded in June 2013 – he received expert care at SeaWorld Orlando’s rehabilitation center. In November 2013, Rodeo was released back into the Indian River Lagoon and we monitored his movements and health with a radio-transmitter. We saw him recently during a survey more than 50 miles north of where he was released, nearly four years after we last saw him. We’re so excited that he’s thriving – stay tuned for where Rodeo turns up next!

– April Fools!

Happy #AprilFoolsDay! One of the ocean pranksters we work with are Kogia whales – they’re the most common stranded live whale our Florida team helps. Kogia whales store ink in their large intestines and shoot it at predators, mainly sharks, to confuse them and make their escape. They are amazing creatures and most of what we know about them comes from stranded animal work

– Dolphins and Pelicans Hang Out

Our lab in Melbourne Beach has been a popular spot with dolphins and pelicans this week. This was taken Tuesday when a large group of pelicans and a pod of about 30 dolphins came by to fish and hang out on our dock.

The dock was heavily damaged last October by a hurricane but that hasn’t discouraged our local wildlife from stopping by to visit. The science lab repairs were started this week but nearly $200,000 in community support is still needed for completion of all repairs. As repairs to our lab continue, these critters remind us of why we love what we do.