Recently our Marine Mammal Stranding Team discovered a resident dolphin calf was entangled in marine debris wrapped tightly around its head. In consultation with NOAA Fisheries, the entanglement was deemed life-threatening and a rescue was planned. We’re pleased to report that this week the calf was successfully located and disentangled with the assistance of our local stranding partners. The debris was identified as a bungee cord with an attached crab-pot trap closure hook. This case is a reminder that we can all do our part to help with dolphin conservation by keeping our waterways free of marine debris.
We are proud to work alongside the following organizations who made this disentanglement successful: SeaWorld Orlando, Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), University of Florida, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Volusia County Environmental Management, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Canaveral National Seashore.