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Thread: Seaworld Uses Ingenuity To Save, Whales, Dolphins & Sea Lions

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    Seaworld Uses Ingenuity To Save, Whales, Dolphins & Sea Lions

    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 23, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Winter, the flippered star of the new movie "Dolphin Tale," will bring much-deserved attention this weekend to wildlife rescue efforts on behalf of marine mammal facilities around the world. The SeaWorld Rescue Team – which also helped with the initial rescue transport of Winter – is currently caring for an array of ill, injured and orphaned wild marine animals, each with its own against-all-odds story. Like those passionate individuals who helped Winter, this team uses their expertise and creativity every day to devise new ways to rescue, treat and return to nature these extraordinary animals. No rescue, no case is ever the same.

    Few are aware that SeaWorld operates one of the world's most respected wildlife rescue programs and has treated more than 18,000 animals over the last four decades. The goal for every rescue is to be able to successfully return the animal.

    The team has created nutritional formulas and custom bottles to hand-feed orphaned animals; imaginative ways to help save sea turtles with cracked shells; prosthetic beaks for injured birds; and even an "animal wetsuit" to help an injured manatee stay afloat. Examples of this ingenuity at work include:

    •Currently, a team of animal experts at SeaWorld Orlando is performing hands-on physical therapy on a once-stranded pilot whale. The whale has scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, that developed approximately five weeks after her early-May rescue and has created a sharp angle in her spine that prevents her from swimming normally. The physical therapy, performed three times a day, includes stretching the whale's muscles and working her tail fluke up and down. It's hoped the therapy sessions will allow her to regain proper and more normal use of her tail.

    •SeaWorld animal experts were the first to bottle raise an orphaned manatee and have also developed "baby formulas" for rescued whales, sea lions and seals.

    •Sometimes the innovation comes not in the equipment, but in the training. When a severely injured loggerhead sea turtle arrived at SeaWorld Orlando missing its lower jaw and suffering from starvation, park turtle experts taught the emaciated animal a new way to eat with only its upper jaw. The process took months, and the turtle gradually progressed from hand-feedings to independent eating skills.

    •The innovative care also extends to the park's animal population. SeaWorld veterinarians went to extraordinary lengths to preserve the life of Dottie, one of the park's Atlantic bottle nose dolphins. Dottie went into kidney failure due to complications from kidney stones, but by working with "human" doctors from UC San Diego Medical Center, her life was saved through medical procedures never before performed on a dolphin including dialysis.

    A global leader in animal care and conservation, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment cares for more than 60,000 animals including 200 endangered or threatened species. This commitment extends to animals around the world: The company has contributed more than $50 million to conservation, wildlife rescue and environmental stewardship initiatives and has supported efforts on every continent, as well as operating its own well-respected wildlife rescue program. The SeaWorld Rescue Team is on call 24/7 to help animals in need.

    SOURCE SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
    Last edited by New York Mermaid; 09-24-2011 at 01:58 PM.

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    Wow that's really interesting. You always see malicious posts on how SeaWorld has all these animals in captivity but you rarely see about this rescue program. I'm really glad you posted this, I knew SeaWorld HAD to be doing something like this
    Mermaid Jewel

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    yep they recieved 300 the Pilot whale and has been helping her with her scoliosis with constant therapy along with the MMC since her rescue. They have decided to keep her as a permenant resident and i hope her younger companion who is also a pod-mate form her remaining pod, will stay with her. In the vid you can see how much in bad shape she is, poor girl.

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    Just to play devils advocate- this isn't something I have my mind made up on, saw Rick posted this (keep in mind he's severely biased) in response

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    yep thats okay Im open to everyone's thoughts and opinions, I personally hope to one daycreate a rescue center for sick marine mammals. I have the designs sketched out, the budget down to where i should begin, and whats needed and if needed a permenant area for animals that cant be released.. All in all $250,000 and I will have my center up and running.

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    This is wonderful! Conservation and Preservation of marine life is a huge issue to me! Its good to know that Sea World is teaching good things like this as well as helping sick, scared, and hurt animals! Lanai, if you get your center up and running I would love to be apart of it!
    ~A mermaid found a swimming lad, picked him for her own, pressed her body to his body,and made the sea their home~

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    I will of course welcome anyone who would like to help out the animals in my future center


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