Lifeguards and specialists from Sea World teamed up to rescue a baby dolphin that got itself tangled up in some fishing line in San Diego, Calif. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.


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“BREVARD COUNTY, FL —An endangered green sea turtle is on its way to SeaWorld Wednesday.

The turtle was found near Port Canaveral with fishing line wrapped around its neck.

Officials said they think it might have swallowed the fishing hook.

The animal was found stranded on some rocks by a fisherman.

The Sea Turtle Preservation Society is taking the animal to SeaWorld for rehabilitation.”


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“BALTIMORE — Sea turtle number 32 had a small part of its front left flipper amputated last week because a joint lesion has not healed since the reptile was brought to the National Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Program in November.

“It’s an infection in the joint so we don’t want it to spread and then have to amputate the entire flipper,” said Amber White, a husbandry aide. “As you can image that would impair his swimming ability.”

The surgery on Friday went well. Number 32 has stitches in the flipper and has resumed its normal swimming activities, while stitches on the turtle’s front right flipper are healing well after a similar amputation was done at the animal care center in January.

Number 32 was found stranded off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., White said. Its rehabilitation carries high stakes because it is a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, the smallest and most critically endangered species of sea turtles.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined the Kemp’s Ridley turtle’s nesting numbers started declining dramatically after 1947, reaching a low of 702 nests in 1985. Since the mid-1980s, the number of nests laid in a season has been increasing. There were 20,800 documented nest in 2011. This increase is attributed to nest protection efforts and regulations requiring the use of turtle excluder devices in commercial fishing trawls.

Sea turtles were in the public eye last week when more than 1,000 scientists, researchers, conservationists, lawmakers and students from 80 different countries came to Baltimore for the 33rd Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, said Dr. Ray Carthy, president of the International Sea Turtle Society and assistant unit leader of the Florida Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.


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“SANDWICH (CBS) – A dolphin off of Cape Cod apparently decided it was no match for seas that swelled to around 30 feet in the height of the 2013 blizzard.

While WBZ-TV crews were monitoring coastal conditions during the storm, some bystanders spotted the dolphin taking refuge, swimming in between some docks at the marina in Sandwich Harbor.

“This dolphin was just circling around, hanging around,” WBZ-TV reporter Christina Hager noted in her report.

Hager explained that the area where the dolphin was swimming is very protected from the wind and waves.

“The seas are too rough out there so he’s coming in where it’s just a little calmer and he can ride it out,” one of the locals pointed out.

The WBZ-TV crew also noted that they picked their particular live shot location in Sandwich Harbor because it was somewhat protected from the elements.”

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