Photo Gallery | Entangled Dolphin Rescued in St. Johns River
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Photos of a dolphin rescue have been released.
Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Jacksonville Sheriff's office marine unit officers were able to free a dolphin entangled in crab trap lines Sunday.
Sunday morning the FWC received a call about a dolphin caught in crab trap lines, according to a news release from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Public Information Officer Karen Parker.
The caller said the dolphin had been floating in the same location for about an hour and appeared dead.
FWC officers Bob Brienza and Roland Green arrived and found the dolphin was alive, but entangled in crab trap lines.
FWC marine mammal biologists Nadia Gordon and Cheyanne Ruben and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputy Robert Holmquist and FWC Lt. John Conboy also responded to the location to assist with rescuing the dolphin.
The rescuers were able to support the dolphin's weight while they cut away the lines, Parker said.
Parker said the lines had wrapped several times around the dolphin's tail and caused multiple indentions on its body. The lines had also rubbed the dolphin's dorsal fin raw.
"The dolphin didn't wait around," Conboy said. "As soon as it was free, it got our of there quickly. We looked for it, but we never saw it again."
Parker said the dolphin had been entangled in lines from three crab traps.
FWC marine mammal biologist Nadia Gordon said, "I'd like to thank FWC Law Enforcement and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for their assitance, as well as members of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Rescue Team, who were ready to help out if needed.
If you see a dead or distressed marine mammal, call the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).