Successful Dolphin Rescue!
September 30, 2018
During Sunday's Take Stock in Children Fishing Tournament, sponsored by Michael Shipley of Island Bay Resort, fishing guide Chris Jones, of Mudpuppy Charters and his guests Will Palmer and Maura Palmer, spotted an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin isolated and stuck in a shallow water filled pothole in north Florida Bay. These folks called National Park Ranger, Brandon Moore, who contacted DPMMR, the only federally licensed whale and dolphin stranding response team in the Florida Keys.
An inter-agency team response with DPMMR and National Park Service including Primary Responders, Steve Mc Culloch and Brandon Paquin, with veterinarian Dr. Jillian Schwartz, along with rangers Steve Mullett from the Flamingo district, Sean Perchalski, Zach Parkes, and Russell Branch, resulted in a successful evaluation, relocation, and release of the animal. Upon release, the adult female dolphin immediately joined two bottlenose dolphins and began normal foraging behavior.
Special thanks to the National Park Service and experienced local fishing guides, who knew to make the call when they saw a marine mammal in distress. To support your local whale and dolphin rescue organization, please visit https://hubs.ly/H0d-65m0. Proceeds from all guest interactions directly support this type of local conservation and research.
If you see a marine mammal in distress, call FWC at 888-404-FWCC.
The word is getting out! Check out coverage of this successful rescue online at these publications:
DPMMR expands response and rescue reach
March 7, 2018
By interacting and connecting with the marine mammals at Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder visitors can help save their wild counterparts. Having recently earned its non-profit status, DPMMR is highlighting its program to educate the public on marine mammal species, while expanding its rescue efforts.
Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder Fundraiser
December 15, 2017
DPMMR will open as a not-for-profit in January, 1st 2018, and we want to offer our Florida Keys neighbors to join us for an exclusive Fundraiser event! Meet our Marine Mammal Specialists and Responders, get a sneak peek at our new educational programs, and enjoy an afternoon with live music, refreshments, and a silent auction. All proceeds support our post-Hurricane Irma recovery and our continued rescue efforts.