Volunteers rescue a stranded dolphin in shallow Texas waters
Marine rescuers in Texas came to the aid of a dolphin found stranded in shallow seas by kayakers.
According to the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, kayakers discovered the dolphin stuck in shallow water near Port Aransis in Lighthouse Lakes.
Several organizations, including SeaWorld San Antonio, Texas State Aquarium, UT Marine Science Institute’s Amos Rehabilitation Keep-ARK, Sea Tow, Sea Tow Corpus Christi, and Texas Gulf Duck Hunting, have volunteered.
“We made sure we had everything we needed to do it safely for the animal and people,” Heidi Whitehead, executive director of the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, told KIII-TV.
“But we knew it was of the utmost importance to get out as quickly as possible and save this dolphin.”
The dolphin was safely moved to deeper water.
Earlier, a dolphin trapped in a Louisiana neighborhood due to flood waters from Hurricane Ida was rescued and released into the wild.
According to a statement from SeaWorld Rescue, a crew worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Audubon Aquarium’s Coastal Wildlife Network, the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and the National Marine Mammal Foundation to rescue a dolphin stuck in a small Slidell pond.
Residents first noticed the dolphin last week, as floodwaters from Hurricane Ida rushed through the neighborhood.