The new baby dolphin remained nameless until today! Come meet HOPE, Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s newest resident baby dolphin!
At 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2010, a call came into Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute that a dolphin calf had been found in the Indian River Lagoon on the east coast of Florida. Staff from Hubbs mobilized quickly and located the calf where she was attempting to nurse from her mother who had passed away. The dolphin was evaluated on-site, and in coordination with National Marine Fisheries Service, it was determined that she would be transported to CMA for rehabilitation.
The calf has been under 24/7 care at CMA since then, receiving rehabilitation. She has been deemed non-releasable, as she was found at only two months of age and cannot gain the proper survival skills necessary for a life in the wild. In February, National Marine Fisheries made the determination that the dolphin would maintain permanent resident status at CMA. At this time, the female calf is happy, healthy and enjoying play and training session time at CMA. She is visible to the public at this time.
Rescued in the Indian River Lagoon near Titusville, Florida, her similarities to Winter and her rescue are quite amazing.
Click here to see her photo gallery and learn more…