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FALL 2017

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Page 44 of 83 | 45 photo-ID surveys utilizing the unique shape of his fin and the freeze brand applied to the dorsal fin," Jablonski said. In case you're wondering, they use liquid nitrogen to brand a unique ID number on the dorsal fin of every rescued dolphin. Rodeo's rescue is an amazing example of the intensive effort it takes to save a distressed animal. When the hard work pays off, it's good news for everybody, especially Rodeo. In fact, he even became a bit of a TV star. The entire event was featured on the television show Sea Rescue. "It's funny," Margaret said. "They showed that episode in my son Garrett's class at school. When the kids saw it, they were amazed. Garrett just casually said, 'Yeah, that's me.'" Ironically, as this article was being written, Rodeo was found stranded again on July 25, 2017, in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, four years after his original rescue. The team was discouraged when they recognized that the dolphin was Rodeo. Fortunately, they were able to encourage him toward deeper water and watch him swim away. According to Peterson, more than 30,000 animals have been rescued by SeaWorld and the HSWRI since their program began 50 years ago. That includes 324 cetaceans, 591 manatees and hundreds of reptiles, birds and other animals. That's a success story of corporate responsibility that needs to be told. Oh, I guess we just did. As a kayak tour guide for Cocoa Beach Kayaking and a Florida master naturalist, Margaret Boyer stays wet a lot of the time. She also encounters animals in trouble from time to time, like Rodeo in 2013. More recently, in December 2015, she rescued a very sick green sea turtle near Port Canaveral and took it the Brevard Zoo to see if he could be nursed back to health. "He was about the size of a dinner plate," Margaret said, "and he had an infection of some kind. The little thing had lost all of his color. He was just gray and weighed down with barnacles." Margaret is also known as Mrs. Boyer to her third grade students at the Sculptor Charter School in Titusville, Florida. She and her class studied about green sea turtles and named the little guy Herbert. They even sent Herbert get well cards. The zoo kept him for six months, and when it was time to put him back into the wild, Margaret and her students were invited. "It was a great opportunity for the kids to learn about turtles and then get to see one up close as it was being released." Not only that, but the every kid wants to take a field trip to the beach. "When they turned him loose, Herbert was all nice and green again and his shell was scrubbed clean. I think he was happy," Margaret said. "And my students and I were able to watch Herbert swim off into the sunset." Aww. SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team ambassador bottle feeding an orphaned manatee. Above: The Sculptor Charter School 3rd grade class returning Herbert the turtle to sea. Below: Herbert recovered well under the care of the medical team at the Brevard Zoo.

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