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Stranded Dolphin Rescued in Tampa Bay Creek [Video]




  • A dolphin was spotted alone in a creek by neighbors on Jan. 1st
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) monitored the animal for 18 days and decided to intervene to prevent long-term problems
  • A team of 28 rescuers created a human chain to guide the dolphin through a small opening under a bridge and back to safety towards Tampa Bay

A stranded dolphin in a creek near Tampa Bay was rescued by a team of 28 rescuers who formed a human chain to guide the animal through a small opening under a bridge.

The dolphin had been monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) for 18 days and it was determined that intervention was necessary to prevent long-term problems.

CMA senior rescue biologist Brittany Baldrica explained that the goal was to be a barrier that was novel to the animal, creating both a physical and auditory barrier to guide the dolphin to safety without putting hands on the animal.

The team was grateful for the support of local residents who helped protect the animal from harassment and provided access to their property while the rescue was in progress.