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7/11/2016 Member News
Clearwater Marine Aquarium Rescues & Releases Dolphin

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Rescues & Releases Dolphin
 
Clearwater, FL (July 4, 2016) – The Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) rescue team responded to a call about a dolphin in distress at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs on July 3, 2016.

There were two lifeguards on scene that had been able to set up an umbrella and had placed a blanket on the animal to protect it from the sun exposure prior to the team’s arrival.
 
The dolphin was confirmed to be an adult male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin in good body condition, who appeared to be caught in the shallows due to the low tide. While alert to what was going on around him, he remained calm while the team collected blood from his flukes, positioned him on the closed cell foam mat and administered oxygen.

Due to his condition, the CMA team waited with the animal until the tide was to come back in to see if he would swim away. At 9:44 pm the dolphin moved from the deep water where he was released to an area further out into the surrounding water passing a couple of mud flats. The CMA team monitored for respirations until they could no longer be heard for at least 30 minutes. The dolphin is presumed to be back to a normal condition.
 
Pictures are available here for download.