Dolphin Calf Rescued

A nine-month old dolphin was freed from fishing gear in the Halifax River near Daytona, Florida. A Sea World animal rescue team entered in the river in wetsuits and cradled the calf while removing the fishing line. They also calmed the calf’s mother because it had been staying very close by her offspring. For a wild animal rescued in water, the whole event is remarkably straightforward and smooth.

Not all entangled dolphins get this kind of quick, effective remedy however. One estimate made in 2003, indicated over 300,000 whales and dolphins die every year due to fishing gear left in water. In 2010 another report concluded entanglement and death in gillnets, purse-seine nets, traps, weirs, longlines and trawls threatens over 80 percent of toothed whale species.

Some fisherman don’t particularly care about dolphins because they sometimes eat their bait, but dolphins are protected by law. In Brazil, some fisherman were actually killing dolphins and using them for bait to catch cat fish.

Image Credit: NASA

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75 comments

Vanessa Wolfe
Vanessa Wolfe4 years ago

A happy ending, thank you.

Aditya Narayan
Aditya n.4 years ago

THANKS

K. J. N.
Past Member 4 years ago

A big thank you to those good people for helping baby dolphin. Now it can back to it's mama! :)

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

great story

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

KS Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Nimue Pendragon

A happy story :)

Sheila Stevens
Sheila S.4 years ago

There is an old Hebrew adage - "To save one live is like saving the whole world." I don't think it applies to only humans. Thank you for this heartwarming rescue.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe4 years ago

Awww... I am so glad the Dolphin calf was freed from the fishing line. I'm sure Mom was happy to have her baby back.

Thanks to the rescuers, and for the article.

Joan E.
Joan Ellis4 years ago

I just love it when things work out for everyone and that we are saving whar others could care less about.Keep up the good work.