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FALL 2017

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42 | Rodeo inside a cetacean transport container in route to the return location. Photo courtesy of SeaWorld. S ummer 2013. A kayak fisherman is cruising Dummit Cove in Florida's Indian River Lagoon looking for snook. It's a perfect day to be out on the water— blue skies, slight breeze and smooth seas. Suddenly, something catches his eye. It's big. Really big. He raises his rod. Then he realizes that it's no snook. It's a dolphin stranded in water less than 10 inches deep. This is the true story of Rodeo, a dolphin, who, if not for the actions of concerned anglers, would probably have died. Rodeo is just one of hundreds of dolphins that have been rescued by an amazing network of volunteers, doctors and biologists who have dedicated their lives to saving sick and injured animals. And not just dolphins, but manatees, pelicans, turtles, great blue herons and many other animals in need of human assistance. After discovering Rodeo, the fisherman initiated the action by calling Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The FWC then reached out to Teresa Jablonski at the Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) in Melbourne. "We were near the area doing a recovery of a dead dolphin," Jablonski said, "so we were able to get there pretty quickly and hopefully avoid another fatality." Because they were on a recovery mission, Jablonski and her team didn't have any watercraft available, so she contacted Margaret Boyer, the director at Coco Beach Kayaking. "Margaret was great. She told us she'd provide us with as many kayaks as we needed, and she also came out with her two sons to help," Jablonski said. The gears of the rescue were turning nicely. "The fisherman had said that the dolphin was up near Dummitt Cove," Margaret said, "so we loaded up and went looking for him. Dummitt is pretty large, so we planned to get as many people as possible to find him." The troops were mobilized, and by the time Margaret and her sons found Rodeo, Teresa and her HSWRI team had already located him. "The poor thing wasn't even in knee-deep water," Margaret said. "And he was sunburned. We put a sheet over him to keep him wet and protect him from the sun." Animal entanglements and strandings are so common that NOAA has a

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