Cheers to the last week of June! This past week in strandings we responded to two sea turtles, both of which were deceased. Additionally, we have been receiving multiple calls from the public concerned with “stranded” manatees, aka manatee mating herds. All calls were verified via our first responders/photo confirmation, to ensure that the animals were healthy and safe.
Aside from our traditional calls, we had quite the adventure with a false dolphin call! Early Friday evening, we received a call from an individual who spotted a possible mother and calf dolphin pair, stranded on Caladesi Island. The Stranding Team immediately rounded up their first responders and rescue materials, and made their way to the scene. The team was dispatched into two groups; one headed to the stranding scene via truck from North Clearwater Beach and the other one via a ferry from Honeymoon Island. After arriving on scene, it was determined that the dolphins were actually a herd of manatees mating in the shallows! It was a relief to confirm no animal was in danger and the response was excellent practice for our Stranding Team staff, interns, and volunteers. Thank you so much to everyone who helped in this response and made themselves available! The event ended with a beautiful rainbow (see photo below).