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Young Dolphin Rescued After Hurricane Nate

A one-year-old bottlenose dolphin remains under care after being found stranded on the beach after Hurricane Nate. The female dolphin was transferred to the Gulf World Marine Institute for evaluation.

The institute posted this update: “The dolphin’s initial blood results are within normal ranges. While the animal was stranded on the beach, waves were crashing over its blowhole so we are monitoring for the possible develop of aspiration pneumonia. The dolphin is still swimming on its own. Additional tests have been sent off and results are pending. The animal is still under 24 hour care.”

Gulf World Marine Institute assisted Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge in the rescue of the stranded bottlenose dolphin Sunday afternoon. The animal was found washed up on an Okaloosa Island beach by two beach goers who reported the sighting to the Florida Fish and Wildlife agency. The animal was immediately transported to Gulf World Marine Institute for rehabilitation. While the exact cause of stranding has not been determined, the young dolphin could have been separated from its mother during the storm. The Institute, located in Panama City, specializes in dolphin and sea turtle rescues.

The Gulf of Mexico is home many pods of dolphins. For more information on dolphins and opportunities to enjoy them in their natural habitat, dolphin cruises are one of the great things to do in Destin, FL. We recommend excursions by SunVenture, SeaBlaster, Southern Star, Olin Marler, and Crab Island Dolphin Tours.

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