Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dolphin calf rescued in lagoon!

Scientists, veterinarians and research staff at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Pierce rescued an entangled dolphin calf in the Indian River Lagoon near Melbourne on Thursday, officials said.

FAU Harbor Branch researchers first observed the calf on June 6, noticing that it had an automotive belt around its neck. Researchers made efforts to coordinate the rescue.The calf and its mother were isolated from other dolphins in the area and a net was set in shallow water so that they could be safely managed, treated and released by FAU Harbor Branch veterinarian Dr. Juli Goldstein.

The rescue effort involved six boats and 30 people.FAU Harbor Branch researchers rescued, treated an released a young dolphins back to its mother in May 2007.

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