Posted by: The ocean update | October 15, 2015

Dolphin calf freed of plastic debris off Florida’s west coast (USA)



October 15th, 2015. DUNEDIN, Fla. —A six-month-old dolphin calf is now swimming safely with its mother after rescuers freed the animal from plastic fishing line and other debris Thursday.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service, the calf was first reported by a boat captain last week off Florida’s west coast, near Dunedin.

As more people reported sightings, a team made up of biologists and veterinarians from Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Mote Marine Lab, Chicago Zoological Society, the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, the University of Florida, SeaWorld Orlando and NOAA Fisheries organized a rescue in hopes of disentangling the dolphin.

On Thursday morning, the dolphin calf was captured, freed of debris while its mother swam nearby and returned back into the wild with no major injuries.

Officials said while this story has a happy ending, many others do not. They urge people to dispose of trash properly as marine debris can be deadly.

Report injured marine mammals to 1-877-942-5343.



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