Staff from Clearwater Marine Aquarium assist a female Atlantic spotted dolphin calf rescued over the July 4th weekend.
CLEARWATER - A dolphin calf rescued over the July 4th weekend on Redington Beach is receiving medical care at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Beachgoers noticed a small young dolphin struggling ashore on July 4. Clearwater Marine Aquarium assisted Florida Wildlife Commission to rescue the animal, a 4-foot female dolphin calf, weak and malnourished.
CMA worked around the clock to stabilize the animal and provide medical care and fluids to keep her hydrated. The dolphin was identified as an Atlantic spotted dolphin.
Upon arrival to CMA on July 4, the dolphin did not have much strength and could not swim on her own. After 48 hours of high quality medical care, she was considerably more alert and able to swim on her own for a few minutes at a time. The animal is still fragile and continues to receive care. It is believed that, based on weight, the young calf was without her mother for approximately one week.
“The medical team is pleased with the progress thus far but there are several unknowns as we continue rehabilitation and treatment,” said David Yates, CEO of Clearwater Marine Aquarium. “We are monitoring the animal 24/7 because she is still in critical condition. We are supporting her while she is swimming and monitoring her with a team of dedicated staff and volunteers. We want to thank the bystanders who reported the stranding to FWC for taking appropriate action, as stranded marine life are generally ill or injured and need immediate medical attention.”