Saturday, May 27, 2006

Rescued and rehabilitated dolphin released

A bottlenose dolphin has been released in Old Tampa Bay near the spot where she was rescued earlier this year.

She was nicknamed Val, since rescuers found her stranded in mud near Oldsmar on Valentines Day.

Officials with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium found Val dehydrated, underweight and with abscesses, possibly from injections.

But after about 100 days of rehabilitation, Val was released Tuesday.

She's being tracked with a small transmitter that will send information about her movements for three months.

Quick "Facts about Dolphins"