SeaWorld Orlando transports rescued dolphin from Panama City


SeaWorld Dolphin

Orlando (January 26, 2012) — Earlier yesterday, animal care experts from SeaWorld Orlando transported a stranded Atlantic spotted dolphin from Gulf World Marine Park after it had been rescued by the facility Tuesday morning near Panama City Beach.

The team arrived at SeaWorld’s Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

While at Gulf World, the 240 lb female spotted dolphin was monitored and stabilized until SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team could arrive to transport her back to Orlando for continued care.

She was moved to SeaWorld Orlando due to lack of rehabilitation space at Gulf World.‪

Once she arrived at SeaWorld Orlando she received fluids and ate a half-pound of squid – a cautious, but good sign, according to park vets.

The dolphin will continue to receive monitored care and rehabilitation. ‪

For 45 years, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has helped animals in need — ill, injured and orphaned.  More than 20,000 animals have been rescued by our experts.‪

Today the dolphin continues to receive fluids and is eating on a regular basis.  She is receiving around the clock supervision from SeaWorld animal care experts and park vets are happy with her progress.  We will keep you posted on her status.

Photos are attached of animal care experts from SeaWorld Orlando caring for the dolphin.

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SeaWorld’s animal rescue team is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ‪‪

Stranded melon-headed whale being cared for by SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Whale

Brant Gabriel, from SeaWorld’s animal rescue team, cares for Dante, a juvenile melon-headed whale that was found stranded on a west Florida beach on October 23. The whale was rescued by Mote Marine Laboratory and had been receiving urgent attention before being transported to SeaWorld Orlando’s Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility on Friday, October 28, 2011. Experts are cautious about the animal’s prognosis.  SeaWorld’s animal care team is on call 24/7 to rescue injured, orphaned or ill marine mammals.

An animal rescue team from SeaWorld Orlando is working with experts from Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., transported a juvenile melon-headed whale from Mote Marine Laboratory’s Dolphin and Whale Hospital to SeaWorld’s Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility where it will receive long-term care.

The whale was found stranded on Manasota Key, on the west coast of Florida, on October 23. Mote staff and volunteers provided medical care and support for the whale during the most critical time period following its stranding. The whale, nicknamed Dante by Mote staff, received around-the-clock medical care at Mote, which stabilized its condition and allowed veterinarians to begin treating the animal for pneumonia and gastroenteritis.

Once the animal was stabilized — and with the approval of the federal agency that oversees the care and protection of marine mammals — Dante was transferred today to SeaWorld Orlando, which has a new pool and larger facilities required to support Dante’s need for longer-term rehabilitation.

The whale – about six and a half feet long – seemed comfortable after the trip and was acclimating to his new pool. SeaWorld vets will take blood samples and staff will monitor the young whale. The park’s experts are cautious about the animal’s prognosis but credit the animal’s good condition to the quality of urgent care received at Mote.

Melon-headed whales are normally found in deep, tropical waters including the Gulf of Mexico. Adult melon-headed whales can grown to nearly 10 feet in length and more than 400 lbs.

It is unknown why this whale stranded.

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SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team uses special orthopedic equipment to care for once-stranded pilot whale

SeaWorld WhaleSeaWorld Orlando is using a custom orthopedic brace to care for once-stranded pilot whale.  The whale has scoliosis – or curvature of the spine – that prevents her from swimming normally.

 To treat the whale’s curvature of the spine, SeaWorld Orlando animal experts and veterinarians worked with Orlando-based Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic to develop a custom-fitted brace that could be adjusted slowly over time, during daily physical therapy sessions. Vets and animal care experts hope the brace will help straighten the whale’s spine and tail, allowing it to regain use of its tail and allowing it to swim normally.

This is the first time a custom-fitted orthopedic device of this kind has been used on a large whale.

According to Jon Peterson, a senior member of SeaWorld Orlando’s animal rescue team, it’s too soon to know if the brace will work but staff remain committed to doing anything possible to help care for the recuperating animal.

In early May, nearly two dozen pilot whales beached themselves in the lower Florida Keys. Two were healthy enough to be returned to native waters a few days later. On May 10th, the remaining five whales were transferred to the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo for more care.  Unfortunately, three of the five survivors died, but two remaining whales – a young, female pilot whale named “Fredi” and an older female nicknamed “300” – were transported to SeaWorld Orlando’s Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility where they continue to receive hands-on care. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) experts have deemed the animals unreleasable due to their age and need for advanced care.

During treatment, “300” developed severe scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, that prevents her from swimming normally. SeaWorld vets don’t know the cause of the condition but felt treating the scoliosis was key to her overall health.

SeaWorld Cae CenterA 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.

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SeaWorld “After Dark” Extravaganza

SeaWorld Orlando Adventure Park“After Dark” at SeaWorld Orlando

The summer is here, and if you are coming to Orlando? then stick around for SeaWorld’s nighttime rock and roll extravaganza featuring special attractions like Shamu Rocks, an all-new fireworks spectacular and Manta, a nothing-like-it-in-the-world experience that blends up-close animal discoveries with the thrill of a flying roller coaster ride.

Cool Shows, Hot Nights – SeaWorld AfterDark Amplifies the Summer: This summer, after our guests take a thrilling head-first roller coaster dive on Manta, they can stay for a rockin’ evening encore with SeaWorld AfterDark. Beginning May 23 to Sept. 7th, nighttime comes alive with uplifting shows and a fireworks extravaganza.

Shamu Rocks is a spectacular rock n’ roll killer whale show that wows audiences of all ages. This show is a high-energy concert of unprecedented proportions, combining awe-inspiring killer whales with a stunning light show and music from some of the hottest rock stars in the industry.

Reflections comes to life in a spectacular celebration of soaring fountains and dazzling fireworks. Through the thrilling and inspirational music of our most popular shows, families and friends will experience a wondrous connection that lights the night like never before. Also new this year is seating at Bayside Stadium that will allow audiences to watch the show in comfort.

Sea Lions Tonight – Our own comedic sea lion duo – Clyde and Seamore – take the laughs into the night. Hilarious hijinks ensue in this evening show as our talented sea lions, otters and walrus parody other favorite SeaWorld shows.

Makahiki Luau Dinner and Show -Be center-stage at SeaWorld’s exclusive evening extravaganza, the Makahiki Luau. This Polynesian festival fills the air with exotic and untamed energy. SeaWorld’s own Seafire Inn transforms to bring the tropics to life for you and your family with Pacific Isle cuisine and astounding costumes, all while witnessing one of the most breathtaking fire dances this side of the islands. Each admission includes incredible live entertainment, your choice of delectable family-style entrees, dessert and soft beverages. Each guest will receive a complimentary flower lei and a tropical welcome drink. So come join us in celebrating at the Makahiki Luau!

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SeaWorld Orlando Manta & Believe Video’s

Manta Roller Coaster & Shamu’s “Believe” Video’s

Here is a link to the full video’s for SeaWorld’s Manta Roller Coaster & Shamu’sBelieve” show…

Manta opened on May 22nd, and since it’s opening, it has been the talk of the town. This roller coaster is one of a kind with it’s twist and turns, and with speeds of 60 mph, it is one that you don’t want to miss.

Also at SeaWorld Orlando is Shamu. The killer whale stars in his own show called “Believe“. Come witness the awe of one of natures most mysterious & beloved creatures of sea, Shamu The Killer Whale.

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