PORT ARANSAS/SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN), assisted by SeaWorld San Antonio’s Rescue Team, successfully rescued and released a young dolphin found stranded in shallow water in Lighthouse Lakes near Port Aransas, TX.
TMMSN Executive Director Heidi Whitehead said, “With the help of SeaWorld’s rescue team we were successfully able to reach the dolphin and bring it on board the rescue boat for a medical assessment. Working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) it was determined the dolphin was in good body condition to be released. We then tagged the animal so we can continue to track its well being. The dolphin was then relocated to deeper water near the Aransas Channel.”
Those involved with the rescue believe the dolphin was stranded during a recent extreme high tide. After being spotted by a local fisherman in the same place for several days TMMSN was called in to help the animal. “This is a true success story,” added Whitehead. “Thanks to the combined efforts of our alert citizenry coupled with the expertise of SeaWorld’s Rescue Team and our tireless TMMSN Critical Care Team, we were able to help this dolphin. The green tag we placed on the dolphin’s dorsal fin will enable the public to report sightings of the marine mammal so we can track its progress and ensure its well being.”
Each year up to 150 marine mammals can be found stranded or injured along the Texas coast. If you see a marine animal in need, please call: 1.800.9.MAMMAL.
More about SeaWorld San Antonio and TMMSN
SeaWorld San Antonio and TMMSN have partnered in marine mammal rescue for 30 years. Recently SeaWorld San Antonio and The TMMSN announced expanded plans to work together in the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals. Over a three year period, SeaWorld San Antonio is committing approximately $1.1 million in additional funding and resources, including: SeaWorld animal care professionals and veterinarians dedicated to work with TMMSN; as well as a new state of the art facility at SeaWorld San Antonio to provide 24-hour care for sick and stranded animals that need long term rehabilitation. This facility will ease the burden on TMMSN’s resources when rescued animals are in need of long term care.
The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network is a non-profit organization created in 1980 to further the understanding and conservation of marine mammals through rescue and rehabilitation, research and education. For more information please visit: www.DolphinRescue.org.
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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals.The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped nearly 30,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.