|Date Stranded||September 20, 1997|
|Location of Stranding||Gulf side of Siesta Key, FL|
|Date of Arrival||September 21, 1997|
|Number of Days of Care||69|
Release on 28 Nov 1997
Buster may have stranded due to severe gastric distress (bloat). He was placed on prophylactic antibiotics and treated for possible nematode and trematode parasites. Buster's appetite and behavior were normal. The dolphin was released 2 weeks after being taken off antibiotics.
Tracked via radio tag for <1 day
1- Stomach tube should be included in beach response gear.
2- Reducing fat in diet may aid in cases of elevated liver values.