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Wednesday September 28th, 2016 - 9:03 am

On Monday the HSWRI Marine Mammal Stranding Team responded to a beached pygmy sperm whale alongside the U.S. Coast Guard Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Canaveral Port Authority, and Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida (Official)

Experience has shown that this deep-diving species can not be rehabilitated because rescuers can’t replicate its diet and other conditions it needs to recover and thrive. NOAA Fisheries Service directed that the whale be humanely euthanized. HSWRI scientists conducted a complete post-mortem exam to investigate the cause of its stranding.
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Wednesday September 21st, 2016 - 9:21 am

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute shared SeaWorld's Investigating The 2013 California Sea Lion UME.

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Drs. Pam Yochem and Brent Stewart are very excited to have SeaWorld Ambassador Maria with them for their trip to San Nicolas Island this week! Maria will assist the HSWRI scientists in their investigation of the causes of the California sea lion unusual mortality event (UME) that began in 2013 and has continued through 2015.
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In 2013 the SeaWorld Rescue Team responded to an unusually high number of sea lion strandings along ...

Thursday September 15th, 2016 - 3:41 pm

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute added 4 new photos.

Yesterday, a team led by Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute with partners SeaWorld Orlando, Dolphin Conservation Field Station, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, University of Florida, and NOAA Fisheries Service (NMFS) successfully disentangled a young dolphin from heavy fishing line. HSWRI has been following this calf since birth and been tracking its mother for over six years. In August, HSWRI scientists spotted the calf and mom pair once again in a routine survey. Our team continued to monitor the animal providing data and photographs that eventually led to the intervention that NMFS recently authorized as a catch-and-release operation. The young animal was caught using a specially designed net and boat from SeaWorld; while he was disentangled and treated, his mother “stood-by” just outside the net and waited. Removing the gear and administering an antibiotic only took a few minutes, then the mother and calf swam off together. The pair will be monitored by HSWRI to ensure the calf recovers from his injuries.

HSWRI encourages everyone to recycle their fishing line, participate in clean-up activities and to practice dolphin-safe fishing recommendations: read more at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/education/dolphin_friendly_tips.pdf
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Tuesday September 13th, 2016 - 8:07 am

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute added 2 new photos.

Florida's Sunset Science Chat is TONIGHT! Join us on the beautiful Indian River Lagoon to learn more about local conservation efforts! This month hear from Anne and Paul Lins, local naturalists and HSWRI volunteers, about the largest loggerhead and green sea turtle nesting beach in North America.

RSVP by emailing tromandetti@hswri.org
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Monday September 12th, 2016 - 6:10 pm

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute added 2 new photos.

HSWRI's Donor Picnic is this Sunday, September 18th! Your gift of $100 or more gets you tickets to enjoy a day of fun at SeaWorld San Diego! Donate here: bit.ly/1NIkULk

A long-standing tradition with HSWRI supporters, the donor appreciation picnic includes brunch, music, visits from SeaWorld animal ambassadors, and brief science chats by HSWRI scientists. After our program, enjoy SeaWorld until park close!
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