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www.GuyHarveyMagazine.com | 43 document called the Marine Mammal Stranding Report that is part of the overall data collection effort for a national database for the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program. The report on Rodeo tells the story. 12:30 - Stranded dolphin found by fisherman. He reported to FWC upon arrival at home. 2:37 - The Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute was contacted. 4:15 - HSWRI workers get visual on the dolphin. 4:35 - The animal is reached by kayak. The report goes on to say: Mild to moderate sunburn is present along the animal's dorsum and appears most severe directly posterior to the blowhole. The dolphin is thin, but not emaciated, and no wounds or signs of injury are apparent externally. The animal was covered with a sheet and kept wet until SeaWorld Animal Care staff and veterinarian arrived to evaluate the animal. Then the real work began. Once the experts arrived on the scene, their job was to safely transport Rodeo, who was already highly stressed, to the truck, then take him to the rehab center at SeaWorld in Orlando. "He was really feisty," Margaret said. "If we got too close to his head, he would pop his tail. But it seemed like once he figured out we were there help him, he calmed down." According to Jablonski, Rodeo was mostly likely a full grown adult and was stranded because he was very sick. They could tell that Rodeo needed medical attention badly so a rescue was performed rather than trying to relocate him into deeper water for immediate release. "Here, at the HSWRI," Jablonski said, "we're the first responders in situations like this. We do a lot of dead animal recovery and then follow up with research on those animals. SeaWorld has the experts to take care of injured animals like Rodeo. They have the vets and medical facilities to rehabilitate those injured animals." In addition to Jablonski's team and the Boyer family, SeaWorld sent their truck and rescue workers to get Rodeo safely to their rehab center in Orlando. Margaret and her sons helped in the entire process. "It was really cool how they got him back to land," she said. "They brought out this humongous, gray, floating mat and scooted him on it. Then they folded it up like a triangle. It had water going through it to keep him wet. It was funny because they were sitting on it and using our paddles to get to shore. By that time, Rodeo was calm and he finally figured out that these people were there to help him." The Marine Mammal Stranding Report is a little more cut and dry: The dolphin was placed on a navy mat and floated/pushed to shoreline, promptly loaded into the SeaWorld transport vehicle and brought to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation. "When we got him to shore," Margaret said, "they transferred him from the pad to the stretcher and I actually got to help pick him up and put him in the back of the truck." The SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team carrying Rodeo out for return. Photo courtesy of SeaWorld.

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