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Monday, August 24, 2009

Dolphin Rescue Effort on the Way

Mohawk, the young dolphin, is still swimming around the Laguna Madre Bay, entangled in fishing wire. Although Scarlet Colley, director of the Dolphin Research Center, said he's losing weight, he is doing fine.

Organizing a rescue effort with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network required teamwork and time. It will all pay off when the rescue team arrives in the South Padre Island area this Wednesday.

The rescue requires large nets. It may take more than one effort to locate and capture the dolphin. His injuries will be examined and the fishing line removed. If he requires further rehabilitation, the team will fit a tracking device on the mother so that Mohawk can be reunited with her after his treatment.

Rehabilitating a dolphin is an expensive project - costs average $400 per day. The Dolphin Research Center, 110 N Garcia St, Port Isabel, TX 78578, is accepting donations to help in his care. The local community has stepped up to the plate, offering housing and food for the rescue team.

Colley named the dolphin Mohawk because of a deep scar on the top of his head, caused when a boat's prop sliced a huge gash across his head. He survived that injury. Locals and visitors have followed Mohawk's story and hope this is another success story for him.

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