Dolphin Calf Freed Of Plastic Debris

Entangled calf Nelly, (c) Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

The dedicated folks over at the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program are regularly out watching their research pods and groups for behavioral studies on their social interactions and also to learn more about bottlenose dolphin life history.  On occassion, they also get involved in rescue operations.

In mid February a team with SDRP noticed one of their dolphin calves, a 9 month old named Nelly, had managed to entangle herself with plastic over her head.  They were unable to capture her to remove the entanglement until just this week on Monday when calf and her mother were restrained briefly in Little Sarasota Bay to successfully remove the debris.