|Date Stranded||August 5, 2004|
|Location of Stranding||Hutchinson Island, Florida (near Ft. Pierce)|
|Date of Arrival||August 7, 2004|
|Number of Days of Care||206 days|
Released March 3, 2005 off Ft. Pierce, FL
Sleepy (l) and Bashful with Sneezy floating behind
This dolphin stranded with about 37 others of the same species. All were pushed back, but restranded again. Dolphin was brought to the Dolphin and Whale Hospital with six others of the same group for rehabilitation.
8/9 Dolphin has severe pneumonia, liver problems, and high white count. Giving fluids and antibiotics.
8/15 Dolphin continues to have severe pneumonia and high white count. Changing antibiotics. Dolphin has begun to eat solid food.
8/21 Dolphin is still in critical condition with very high white count. Appetite is excellent, however.
8/23 Dolphin finally seems to be improving and has started gaining weight.
8/25 Dolphin is continuing to improve and has been more active.
8/27 Dolphins lungs were clear for the first time this morning. Dolphin continues to gain weight and do well.
8/30 Lungs remain clear and dolphin continues to do well.
9/1 Continuing to do very well.
9/3 Dolphin continues to do very well. We are preparing for Hurricane Frances, so the next update may be a few days away.
9/7 Dolphin did well during the hurricane and is doing very well today.
9/9 This dolphin continues to do well with a few minor issues remaining.
9/13 Dolphin taken off some meds and doing very well. Gaining a lot of weight.
9/16 This dolphin continues to do very well.
9/19 This is the only dolphin that hasn't been off food in the last couple of weeks. Continuing to do well.
9/21 Still doing very well.
9/23 Continuing to do very well.
9/29 Dolphin missed a couple of feeds yesterday with the same "sore throat" that the others have all had. Appetite has fully returned as of this morning and dolphin seems fine.
10/1 Appetite is variable, but white count is good. Continues to be active at times.
10/9 Dolpnin seems to be back to normal again.
10/12 White count was back up again. Have changed antibiotics again. Doing well otherwise.
10/15 Because of death of two other dolphins, all remaining dolphins have been started on a new antifungal. Dolphin seems to be doing well.
10/19 Dolphin continues to do well and gain weight.
10/21 Still doing well.
10/26 Dolphin is very active and doing very well.
10/29 Dolphin's appetite is great and continues to be very active.
11/4 Continuing to do very well.
11/8 Blood work was good this morning and all else appears fine.
11/12 Still doing very well.
11/18 Respiration rate is up slightly, but may be due to new antibiotic all three dolphins have been started on. Observing closely, but appetite is great and activity level is normal for this animal.
11/22 Respiration is improved, but appetite is off slightly, probably due to a new antibiotic. Behavior is fine.
12/6 Appetite has fully returned and dolphin is very active again. White count is up again, so dolphin has been started on another antibiotic.
12/15 White count is down again and dolphin is doing very well.
12/22 Dolphin has developed a gastric ulcer and is not eating well. Have started him on new medication.
12/27 Appetite is still variable. Planning to do gastroscopy on Thursday to evaluate stomach.
12/30 Gastroscopy revealed very small ulcer in second stomach that appears to be healing. Appetite seems somewhat improved.
1/5/05 Appetite has returned to normal. Dolphin is more active.
1/10 Dolphin continues to be active and appetite is excellent.
1/14 Continuing to do very well.
1/17 Continuing to do well.
1/23 Continuing to do very well. Still active and gaining weight.
2/6 Still doing very well.
2/15 Dolphin is doing well, except for a sinusitis. We have applied for release in the near future.
2/22 Dolphin is continuing to do very well.
3/2 We have received permission from NMFS to release these three dolphins and all will be released by the end of the week.
3/4 Dolphins were all released about 18 miles east of Ft. Pierce, FL yesterday morning at about 10:30 am. All three had satellite transmitters and we are already receiving data from all three animals. Last night late, all three were together about 50 miles east of Melbourne, FL.
3/5 The three dolphins are still together and are headed NNE. They are about 100 miles east of Jacksonville, FL.
3/7 Dolphins have turned more east and are not moving such great distances now. Last full report still had them all together.
3/21 Transmitter from Sneezy is no longer transmitting, but there is no indication that the dolphin is not with the others. The other two are together, now off the coast of North Carolina-Virginia.
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