On Sept. 2 SeaWorld San Antonio’s Animal Rescue Team rescued a baby Atlantic bottlenose dolphin calf outside of Rockport, Texas. The 4-to-6-month-old female calf, which had sustained wounds to its tail fluke and dorsal fin and was entangled in loose fishing line, was treated locally by SeaWorld veterinarians and immediately released to rejoin its nearby mother.
The successful rescue and release operation was a collaborative effort between SeaWorld San Antonio, Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network and its volunteers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.
SeaWorld San Antonio has a long-standing partnership with the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Last year, the park received Donley, a male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin stranded on Mustang Island in Port Aransas, Texas and in 1996, received Mattie, an orphaned Atlantic bottlenose dolphin from Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network in Galveston.
To date, SeaWorld has rescued more than 18,000 sick, injured or orphaned animals.