Sunday, September 18, 2005

Two other dolphins saved by their trainers

Two Katrina dolphin victims saved

Two of the dolphins washed out to sea during Hurricane Katrina have been saved by their trainers.
Rescuers got dolphins Jackie, 30 and Toni, 16, to jump onto rubber mats, and the mammals have now been moved to a hotel swimming pool to recover.

Six dolphins are still at sea, and wildlife experts are racing to save them after they were swept out of their tanks during the storm on 29 August.

If they don't jump onto the mats, the dolphins will be rounded up in nets.

The mammals were spotted swimming off Mississippi on Saturday, after they were swept out to sea by a 12m high wave that crashed into their tank at the Marine Life Aquarium in Gulfport.
The eight tame bottlenose dolphins have lived most of their lives in captivity and have been out of their tanks since the hurricane hit several weeks ago.

Experts are worried they're not feeding in the wild, as they look very thin and some are injured.

Feared dead

Moby Solangi, owner of the Marine Life Aquarium, said she was pleased the dolphins had stuck together out at sea.

"Once we realised the dolphins had been swept out to sea during the hurricane, we feared that they had died, " said Ms Solangi.

"We are just thrilled that they have stayed together during the past couple of weeks."


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