Sneezy (Seven Dwarfs)

Rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis)

(MML 0414-G, HBOI 0430)

Age Class Adult
Gender Male
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

Final Disposition

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, as well as superficial wounds. 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 well.

8/21 Dolphin is improving and appetite is excellent.

8/23 Dolphin is no longer losing weight and continues to improve.

8/25 Dolphin was playful last night and seems better each day.

8/27 This dolphin is now gaining weight and seems to be doing very well. Lungs are much improved.

8/30 Lungs are clear for the first time. Dolphin continues to do well.

9/1 Donphin is doing well and is more playful than before.

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 is doing well, with only a few remaining issues.

9/11 Dolphin tried to crash with white count going very high. Changed antibiotics.

9/13 Dolphin is now back to eating and white count is back down. Dramatically improved from 2 days ago.

9/16 These dolphins seem to be passing around something similar to "strep throat" and are hesitant to eat at times. Otherwise, doing well.

9/19 Appetite was variable for a couple of days, but now seems to be back to normal. Active and playful.

9/21 Appetite good. Doing well.

9/23 Appetite still variable from day to day, but still active and playful.

9/29 Dolphin's appetite is now back to normal as is behavior.

10/1 Continuing to do very well.

10/9 Still doing very well. Active and playful.

10/12 Continues to do very well.

10/15 Because of the death of two other dolphins, all remaining dolphins have been started on a new antifungal drug. Dolphin seems to be doing well.

10/19 Dolphin continues doing well.

10/21 Continuing to do well.

10/26 Dolphin is very active and appetite is excellent.

10/29 Continuing to do very well.

11/4 More of the same.

11/8 Blood work was good this morning and dolphin is active and has a good appetite.

11/12 Still doing very well.

11/18 Continuing to do very well.

11/22 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.

12/15 Continuing to do very well.

12/22 Dolphin is doing very well. Gaining weight and very active.

12/27 Continuing to do very well.

1/5/05 Dolphin has been taken off all meds and is doing very well.

1/10 Doing well off meds and still gaining weight.

1/14 Still doing very well.

1/17 Back on meds temporarily, but continuing to do very well.

1/23 Continuing to do very well. Still active and gaining weight.

2/6 Still doing very well.

2/15 Dolphin is doing very well. We have applied for release in the near future.

2/22 Dolphin is off all meds and is continuing to do very well. Dolphin missed a few feeds due to construction in the area, but no medical problems.

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. We are not getting as many "hits" from this dolphin's transmitter as the others, possibly related to the transmitter.

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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