CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department worked Wednesday to help an injured juvenile dolphin below Pier 60.
Clearwater Fire and Rescue said their rescuers were on the scene when they saw an adult dolphin circling in shallow water. When rescuers went to check, they found the young dolphin entangled in the remains of a crab pot.
“When the lifeguards paddled out and when he got to the area he found with a smaller dolphin that was wrapped in a rope that was wrapped on a piling of the jetty,” said Patrick Brafford, manager. lifeguards at Clearwater Fire and Rescue.
Rescuers worked to remove the rope from a crab trap, then called the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Our lifeguards were the first on the scene when they noticed an adult dolphin circling in shallow water. When they went to check, they found a young dolphin entangled in the remains of a crab pot. They hope that the adult, perhaps the mother, will return. pic.twitter.com/mHNz5fxJeh
— Clearwater Fire and Rescue Service (@clearwaterfire) July 20, 2022
Rescuers hoped the adult dolphin, and possibly the mother dolphin, would return to help the juvenile dolphin, but that did not happen.
“We did everything we could to reunite this animal with its mother in the wild. Unfortunately, after multiple attempts to release this animal, it was not able to pull itself together,” said Emily Storrs, veterinary technician at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium rescue team attempted to free the dolphin, but the animal then began swimming towards shore and was struggling to swim in open water. The Southeast Stranding Network and NOAA had the dolphin transported to SeaWorld for rehabilitation.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium encourages people to report animals in distress or stranded by calling the 24-hour rescue hotline at (727-441-1790 ext 1).