– HSWRI team disentangles young dolphin in the Indian River Lagoon

Yesterday, a team led by Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute with partners SeaWorld Orlando, Dolphin Conservation Field Station, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, University of Florida, and NOAA Fisheries Service (NMFS) successfully disentangled a young dolphin from heavy fishing line. HSWRI has been following this calf since birth and been tracking its mother for over six years. In August, HSWRI scientists spotted the calf and mom pair once again in a routine survey. Our team continued to monitor the animal providing data and photographs that eventually led to the intervention that NMFS recently authorized as a catch-and-release operation. The young animal was caught using a specially designed net and boat from SeaWorld; while he was disentangled and treated, his mother “stood-by” just outside the net and waited. Removing the gear and administering an antibiotic only took a few minutes, then the mother and calf swam off together. The pair will be monitored by HSWRI to ensure the calf recovers from his injuries.

HSWRI encourages everyone to recycle their fishing line, participate in clean-up activities and to practice dolphin-safe fishing recommendations: read more at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/…/educat…/dolphin_friendly_tips.pdf