Hello Everyone,

Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Stranding Team has continued to respond to multiple strandings! Our team has responded to two live bottlenose dolphins, one in Citrus County and one in Levy County. The dolphin in Citrus County was observed swimming in a small area, for about three weeks (photo below). Stranding Team members monitored the animal for a week, and collected vital, behavioral, and environmental data. After a week of observations, the animal was no longer seen. We are hopeful that the animal was able to successfully leave the area, and return to his/her normal home range.

The dolphin in Levy County was reported due to an extensive injury located on the dorsal portion of the body. After viewing the caller’s photo, it seems that the injury was likely a result of sunburn. First Responders were dispatched to locate and monitor the animal. Unfortunately, the animal was not located. CMA’s Stranding Team will respond accordingly if further calls are received on this animal.

In addition to stranding events and trainings, CMA’s Stranding Team has been proactive via conducting education outreach events at the Dolphin Tale premiere at Pier 60 (photo above). Members educated the public on the do’s and don’ts of strandings and respectful ways to observe dolphins in the wild!

Thanks to all of CMA’s Stranding Team volunteers who have aided us this past month! We could not pursue our mission without you!

Thank you,

CMA Stranding Team

 

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Hi Everyone,

Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Stranding Team has continued to respond to multiple stranding events! These responses have involved an array of species including waterfowls, sea turtles, manatees, otter kits, and two deceased dolphins.

It is also springtime, which means otter kit season! CMA’s Stranding Team has so far responded to 3-orphaned otter kits in 2013. All kits were transported to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for rehabilitation. Thanks to all of our Stranding Team members for aiding with these critical responses!

Thanks to you all and we look forward to the many more accomplishments that will surely be achieved by our hardworking, positive, dedicated Stranding Team in the year 2013!

Thank you,

CMA’s Stranding Team

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Stranding Team has started off the new year with multiple stranding responses! These responses have involved an array of species including waterfowl, sea turtles, manatees, and even two deceased dolphins. Both deceased dolphins were discovered in Citrus County, one of the six counties that make up CMA’s designated response area. The first deceased dolphin was a Code 2, also referred to as a “fresh dead.” Due to the fact that the animal was in great body condition, the animal was immediately responded to and transported by our excellent Stranding Team members to the University of Florida, to be necropsied by our very own Dr. Mike Walsh. As for the second deceased dolphin, it was a Code 4 (i.e. “advanced decomposition”) and thus not necropsied. However, our Stranding Team members diligently collected documentation and photographs of the animal, to assist with research and further our understanding on cetacean strandings in the Gulf of Mexico. A huge thanks to all who assisted with our many stranding responses in the months of January and February! In regards to Stranding Team trainings, all of our workshops have been opened up to ALL of CMA’s staff, volunteers, and interns! In January, we kicked off the workshop series with “CMA’s Stranding Team Introduction” and “Equipment and Sanitation” workshop. These workshops reviewed our 2012 accomplishments, 2013 goals, volunteer responsibilities, stranding equipment, and the protocols for sanitation and quarantine. Thanks to all who attended and we encourage everyone to participate in future workshops!

In other news, we have also been working very hard towards streamlining CMA’s Stranding Team training, qualifications, and responsibilities. We are happy to say that we have had a large amount of support and positive feedback from our members! Thanks to you all and we look forward to the many accomplishments that will surely be achieved by our hardworking, positive, dedicated Stranding Team in the year 2013!

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Article By Mary Ann Bragg (mbragg@capecodonline.com) – February 04, 2013

“YARMOUTHPORT — The number of marine mammals reported as stranded in January along the Cape Cod Bay shoreline is less than a tenth the count from the same time last year, according to International Fund for Animal Welfare Stranding Coordinator Brian Sharp. But that small number this year is no guarantee of the future.

“At any point, the season can change quickly,” Sharp said.

In 2012, the nonprofit organization responded to 375 marine mammal strandings, including a continuous mass stranding of common dolphins from Jan. 12 through Feb. 16. In the mass stranding event, 179 common dolphins stranded from Barnstable to Wellfleet. Of those 179, 53 were successfully released. The remaining 126 were found dead, died before or after release, or were euthanized.

In a typical year, IFAW responds to about 38 stranded common dolphins, spokesman Michael Booth said.

So far this year IFAW has responded to nine stranded marine mammals: two common dolphins, two harbor porpoises and five harbor seals, Sharp said. All were found dead.

Across the Northeast this year, reported dolphin events have been limited to one common dolphin in shallow water in the Gowanas Canal in New York, which died, and a handful of bottlenose dolphins reported in the Navesink River in New Jersey, whose status is currently not known, Maggie Mooney-Seus of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service said Friday.”

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