Smile-Worthy Video! Watch This Marco Island Dolphin Get Rescued!


Want something that will pick you up better than a double latte?

Sneak a peek at this video of this Marco Island dolphin – dubbed Seymour – getting rescued.

Seymour’s incredible saga began nearly four months ago when naturalist James Liviccari first photographed his entanglement injury. On Friday, March 9, 2012, it came to a happy conclusion. A passenger aboard the Dolphin Explorer spotted a dolphin inside the entrance to Collier Bay. Within a few seconds, naturalist James Livaccari made the identification. It was indeed Seymour.

The Dolphin Explorer deserves huge kudos for the rescue. Not only was a passenger the one who spotted Seymour on the rescue mission; the group had logged the location of over 200 sightings of Seymour since 2006.

Here’s a shout-out to the other stellar souls who helped Seymour:

  • Individuals from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute readied the huge net to be used in the capture.
  • A team of veterinarians from the University of Florida College of Veterinary medicine prepared supplies. They readied an oxygen tank with an apparatus tailored to fit a dolphin's blowhole and antibiotics to administer to Seymour before his release.
  • SeaWorld provided safety dive gear and a Navy Mat. (A Navy Mat is the big floating platform employed to support Seymour and the doctors working to cut out the entanglement.)
  • Mote Marine pre-programmed a satellite tag to monitor his post release movements.

Lady Luck was also involved, and thankfully, she was in a gracious mood. Seymour was in the right place at the right time for him to be found that day. There are so many mangrove islands and places where he could have been swimming out of sight.

But he wasn’t out of sight. And he was spotted. And we all had a happy ending.

I don’t know about you, but I needed one.

Want some more news guaranteed to float your flip-flops?

You can book a trip on the Dolphin Explorer (Sea Excursions Inc., 951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145, 239-642-6899) and get involved with spotting and tracking dolphins, too!

Now that’s cool!

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