Rescuers Save Dolphins by Forming Human Chain

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Rescuers Save Dolphins by Forming Human Chain


Four dolphins, two of them calves, were stranded in a canal in St. Petersburg, Florida for several days. They weren’t able to get out due to the height and the sound of a nearby bridge, which served as a barrier to the marine animals. Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission waited to see if the dolphins would find their way out on their own. However, they observed that the dolphins would need some assistance.


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Thus, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick and injured marine animals, public education, conservation, and research, was called to help. Chuck White from the organization stated that there were mom-calf pairs that were swimming in the canal. “We had received calls over the last day or two about dolphins here in this canal. It is very low salinity, so long term, it would have not been a good situation for them,” he said. 


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A rescue operation was prepared then. According to People, an American weekly magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories, FWC biologist Andy Garret explained to the rescuers that their objective is to encourage the dolphins to slowly move up the canal through a human chain of people. The volunteers were composed of people from CMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Using vibrations and sounds, they lured the dolphins back toward safe waters. 


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Fortunately, the dolphins seemed interested and cooperated. The successful rescue operation took about 45 minutes.

In an interview, Jessica Bibza, representative of the National Wildlife Federation, said of the rescued dolphins, “They didn’t stop, they didn’t look back, they didn’t even hesitate for a second. Once they were through, they were headed for home.”

According to CNN, an American news-based pay television channel, the dolphins did not appear distressed. “This is a first for me…I’ve never done this type of intervention where we do not set a net,” added White. “But it’s always nice having a successful rescue.”




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