PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (PR) -- Gulf World Marine Institute assisted Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge in the rescue of a stranded bottlenose dolphin late on Sunday afternoon. The animal was found washed up on the beach on Okaloosa Island by two beach goers that reported the beached dolphin
to Florida Fish and Wildlife. The animal was immediately transported to Gulf World Marine Institute for rehabilitation. While the exact
cause of stranding has not been determined, the young dolphin could have been separated from its mother for an unknown reason.
The female dolphin is approximately 1 year old. The animal is swimming on its own and is under 24-hour watch. Blood tests are pending
and will tell the veterinary staff more about the health condition of the animal.
Dolphins that strand are typically very sick and this is the animals last chance of survival. Contacting the proper authorities when an
animal is seen stranded is crucial. If you see a sick or stranded animal please call Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
1-888-404-3922 or * or #FWC or the GWMI stranding line 850-258-6968.