On April 7 and April 9, 2021, as our team was conducting photographic identification surveys in the area near the massive discharges of phosphorous and nitrogen polluted waters from Piney Point, an abandoned fertilizer mine near Port Manatee in lower Tampa Bay, we observed an entangled dolphin known as CMA1917, with fishing gear embedded
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What is Happening to the Dolphins Near Piney Point? We're monitoring the dolphin community near Port Manatee for impacts from the Piney Point discharges of polluted water If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve probably heard about the discharges of phosphorous and nitrogen polluted waters from Piney Point,
Dolphin C250 Stats Name: C250 Sex: Male Age: Born 2016 A Dolphin's Life C250 is the 10th calf of FB25 and we’ve observed him more than 120 times since his birth in 2016. We usually see him between the north Siesta Key Bridge and
Crunch! Understanding Eagle Ray Diets For the first time, a team of researchers has demonstrated that passive acoustic recorders can be used to help identify the prey that whitespotted eagle rays (Aetobatus narinari) eat, based merely on the crunching sounds the rays make when they crush a mollusk shell. From
Uncovering Spotted Eagle Ray Migrations Along Florida’s Coastlines A new study is providing insights into the mysterious migrations of whitespotted eagle rays — uncovering interesting differences in the movements of rays along Florida’s east and west coasts and providing important information for species conservation. The whitespotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari)
Evaluating the costs and benefits of intervening when dolphins face life threatening entanglements Some of the most popular stories we tell are about the successful rescues we’ve undertaken to save wild dolphins with life-threatening injuries from entanglement in fishing gear or other types of debris. Social media posts about these
On July 29, 2019, members of the public alerted emergency responders about the stranding of five short-finned pilot whales on Redington Beach, Florida. Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s rescue team led the response, heading to the site along with wildlife agencies and local authorities, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida’s
On March 1, 2016, we received a report of a dolphin that was entangled in a crab trap line off Nokomis Beach. We went to the dolphin’s last reported location from the night before, and found 10-year-old resident dolphin “Bill” with just his blowhole above the water. His tail was wrapped in the float
One of our Sarasota residents, Lizzie, had an eventful 2013. She was given a temporary satellite-linked tag during our health assessments in May, and she and her 3-year-old calf were regularly followed to compare their behavior with and without the tag. During one of these follows, SDRP staff noticed that Lizzie had become entangled with
In December 2008, Ginger, a recently independent juvenile female dolphin, stranded on Siesta Key Beach. SDRP staff was among the first responders, stabilizing her before she was taken to Mote Marine Laboratory and treated for complications from the stranding. Ginger was a dolphin already known by SDRP, and at the time of her stranding