A newborn bottlenose dolphin was discovered stranded in shallow waters off of Three Sisters Island in Florida on Sunday. SeaWorld’s animal rescue team, in conjunction with Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, transported the baby to SeaWorld’s facility in Orlando for medical testing and care.
Due to its size (just under 35 pounds), its upright dorsal fin, and its still-attached umbilical cord, SeaWorld‘s animal care experts believe the male dolphin to be no more than five days old. Usually baby dolphins nurse from their mothers until they are 12-18 months old. Animal care experts have been tube-feeding the youngster every two hours.
To learn more about bottlenose dolphins, see our Bottlenose Dolphin Facts Page.
This is such a beautiful photo, and an amazing animal. I am praying this baby survives and thrives! God only knows what happened to its mother.