SeaWorld Orlando cares for beached Rough-Toothed Dolphin


On Father’s Day morning, while you were kicking your feet up and enjoying a cup of coffee, SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team was on the way to the beach to rescue a stranded rough-toothed dolphin who was found beached on the shoreline of Clearwater Beach. The 200 pound, 7 foot sub adult male rough-toothed dolphin was retrieved by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and transported to SeaWorld Orlando.

Rough-toothed dolphins are found in warm climates and in deep waters. They are known to live near Hawaii and the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

Upon arrival, the dolphin was placed in a quarantine area where the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team and veterinarians provided immediate treatment and care including, fluids and antibiotics.

Due to the dolphin being severely weak, the animal care team must constantly monitoring the dolphin’s respiration requiring four animal care experts to walk beside the dolphin 24/7 to help it gain strength. The dolphin will continue to receive round-the-clock care from the animal care team and more treatment will be administered if needed once results come back from blood work.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team is on call 24/7 to save and care for injured, orphaned or ill animals. In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the ocean. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 26,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than five decades.