SeaWorld, Georgia Aquarium Conduct Dolphin Rescue

Members of the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team say they worked with the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station to rescue of an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin in Ponte Vedra Beach. 

Officials say the rescue took place last week; teams were called to assist by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after determining that a rescue and rehabilitation attempt was necessary due to what turned out to be life-threatening injuries to the animal. 

According to a release from SeaWorld Orlando, the dolphin was successfully transported to the park's Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility for further evaluation and rehabilitation. 

After an initial veterinary exam and treatment, SeaWorld officials say the dolphin was able to swim unsupported at the park's rescue facility. 

SeaWorld noted that an examination of the dolphin revealed she had sustained multiple shark bite wounds to her body and right pectoral flipper.

The SeaWorld Rescue Team said it is currently providing the dolphin 24-hour care to help the new charge gain strength. 

Officials say the dolphin will continue to receive around-the-clock care from the animal rescue team and further treatment will be administered as the dolphin’s condition changes.

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