SeaWorld to Build Dolphin Hospital

17 Jul

Hey Guys,

Some fab news from SeaWorld Orlando, they are preparing to open a new medical facility for stranded dolphins. Crews are putting the finishing touches on the new complex which is home to a 40,000 gallon pool which is large enough to hold cetaceans as large as a 13-foot pilot whale or as many as five bottlenose dolphins at once.

SeaWorld expects the facility to open within the next couple of weeks, as soon as it receives final approval from the federal government. There is talk that a pilot-whale calf recently rescued in the Florida Keys could be the first animal to use the facility.

SeaWorld says the project is part of a long-standing commitment to preserving wild animals. The theme-park says it spends several million dollars a year on conservation, research, rescue and rehab, and that it has rescued more than 18,000 animals during its history.

An average of 51 live cetaceans — whales, dolphins or porpoises — are stranded on Florida shores every year, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service, which analysed data from 2002 to 2010. A third of them are typically transferred to rehab facilities. The fab news is that SeaWorld will now be able to help these stranded cetaceans in their new medical facility.

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