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Florida Team comes to the Rescue of beached Baby Dolphin

Strong currents drove a baby dolphin to the shores of Redington beach in Florida on the 4th of July. A few people on the beach noticed the dolphin struggling and tried to shepherd the struggling dolphin back to sea but were unable. They reported the incident to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) who arrived immediately. The professional team from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission gently lifted the dolphin in a glove net and took it to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. They placed a wet towel on the mammal to help it remain moist.

Katie McCabe shot a video of the professional team rescuing the 4-foot dolphin that had beached itself. The on-lookers who were out enjoying themselves on the beach on their national holiday cheered the Florida team as they safely transported the baby dolphin by van to the Aquarium.

Dolphins that are stranded generally suffer from infection as per studies conducted on this subject. One of the problems that they face is pneumonia though the other factors could be caused by humans or the weather. Dolphins normally navigate using sonar and generally land on a sloping beach as they are unable to see it before it is too late. This is the reason they run aground. Another school of thought indicates that dolphins and whales use the earth’s magnetic field to navigate. It is possible that the mammals get disoriented and this results in them getting trapped.

The Florida Wild Commission is looking after the baby dolphin using the help of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It is believe that they will ensure that the dolphin is safe in deep waters.



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