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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sharks Kill Rehabilitated Dolphin

Filed under: Animal Welfare — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 03:36

Go to fullsize image¬†An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin was euthanized after being attacked by sharks just hours after he was released into the Gulf of Mexico in west Florida. Dunham, a juvenile male dolphin, was released Tuesday morning after eight months in rehab recovering from pneumonia. Jeni Hatter, spokeswoman for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, said the dolphin was attacked twice by at least two different sharks. Hatter said experts who were nearby were monitoring the dolphin with a VHF radio transmitter at the time of the attack. Hatter said experts rushed to the dolphin and euthanized him because of the life-threatening injuries. She added that he wouldn’t have been able to recover. (Courtesy: Orlando Sentinel).

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