Stranded Dolphins Recovering at Seaworld
July 31st, 2019
LONG KEY — Two Atlantic bottlenose dolphins were rescued by the Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder team Friday, July 26, after stranding and struggling in shallow water off the Fiesta Key Campground and Marina at mile marker 70.
The rescue group was notified of the stranding by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service. FWC remained on the scene while team evaluated the two adult dolphins.
Two dolphins were stranded in shallow water, People raced to help.
Vacationers and local residents worked together to free two dolphins they said were stranded in shallow water of the Florida Keys.
The dolphins, discovered July 26 just off the Fiesta Key RV Resort and Marina at mile marker 70 in Layton, were on their sides and struggling to gasp even a single breath, witnesses said.
Even after they were righted and moved into deeper water, they couldn’t stay upright without help.
Wish Holds the ‘Keys’ to Boy’s Happiness
It was a picture-perfect wish in paradise for Alexander Landskroener. He ventured to the Florida Keys with his family, having his dream come true with Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses. One of the highlights for Alex was his dolphin encounter at Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder in Key Largo.
Curious About Dolphins? These Kids Are!
April 24, 2019
DPMMR’s vet Dr. Jillian was recently interviewed by Jacob and Olivia of the Curious Kid Podcast.
The episode of the popular children’s podcast is aimed at educating children about dolphins and their natural habitat and behaviors. The kids ask Dr. Jillian questions that many kids have such as “Are dolphins fish?” and “Are dolphins and porpoises the same?” Find out the answers to these questions and so much more in this fun and educational interview. This podcast is sure to entertain listeners of all ages!
DPMMR Hosts A Course For UM Graduate Students
April 11, 2019
DPMMR was recently featured in The University of Miami’s publication News @ The U for hosting a graduate course for RSMAS – UM’s Rosenstiel School’s Department of Marine Ecosystems & Society. The unique course is taught by Nancy Cooper, President and Director of Training here at DPMMR and focuses on dolphin rehabilitation and research.
The course titled “Marine Mammal Applied Behavior Analysis And Managed Care” teaches students about care, rescue, and rehabilitation of dolphins, whales, and manatees. Students receive hands-on experience interacting with eight resident dolphins living in our natural ocean-water lagoon. Training and swim sessions include working with hand signals to prompt the dolphins to wave their tail flukes, bow, jump out of the water, whistle, and more.
Students have an entire catalog of hand signals to work with, and some of the dolphins know as many as 80 hand signals. The course also emphasizes that dolphins are sentinels for ocean health and early warning signs of what’s to come. By monitoring dolphins, we can tell when things are out of balance so that we can figure out what is going on and how to solve those issues. To read the article in its entirety visit News @ The U.