On October 19th, 1997, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) responded to a stranded mother and calf pair on Belleair Shores, Florida. The mother, Autumn, exhibited an external wound on her pectoral fin, likely a result from a rope injury. Her calf, Harvey, was estimated to be between 3-12 months old and healthy. However, due to his young age, he was transported with Autumn for rehabilitation at CMA. After about 6 months in rehabilitation, the animals were deemed releasable and were released on April 17th, 1998 on Clearwater Beach, Florida. In addition to freeze branding, Autumn was satellite tagged to track their movements after release. She was tracked for a total of 152 days, traveling off of the central west coast of Florida! Yet another success story thanks to the hard work and dedication of CMA’s Stranding Team.

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