Today’s episode of “Sea Rescue” hosted by “Good Morning America” weatherman, Sam Champion was titled “The Young and the Helpless.” This show is a Saturday morning treat for the entire family. The dedicated staff at Sea World will go to all lengths to ensure the safety of marine animals.
When a two-week baby dolphin showed up near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, there were no signs of his mother. Knowing that he could be prey to the alligators nearby and with no means of nourishment, he could soon die. He was already showing signs of malnutrition and desperately needed rescuing. A member of the rescue team stayed with the dolphin until the rest of the team arrived to help with the rescue. She put herself in danger, because of the alligators and manta rays in the area, but the most important thing was to rescue this orphan. When the team arrived, they named him Rocket Man in tribute to where he was found.
The team took turns every two hours feeding him with a tube and worked around the clock to keep him nourished and cared for. Once he started thriving, he had to learn to be a dolphin and interact with other dolphins. It was determined that he could at no time be returned to his natural habitat because he never learned the critical survival skills to keep him alive. They determined that he would be better off at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys. The trip would be a five-hour drive and a difficult journey for both dolphin and the team. Fortunately, his fate was discovered by a most generous anonymous benefactor who offered his private jet to get him there quickly and safely. Once there, he immediately interacted with other dolphins and is happy to have a new home.
Another Florida orphan was discovered in a Daytona Beach marina; a young manatee. He was alone and in serious danger of being hit by the propeller of a boat. The rescuers brought him up with a large hoop net and brought him to Sea World and found out that he was healthy, but still a young calf. They gave him the name, Moose and tube fed him for two days until they could bottle-feed him. They fed him by a bottle for almost eight months and then gave him his share of romaine lettuce. After three years, his was returned to his native habitat, but now he weighs about a thousand pounds. They put a satellite tag buoy on him, so they could keep track of him. He was tagged with identifiable markings on his back. The brought him to a sea pen and continue to monitor him for two more weeks. When it was determined that he could survive, he was released into the wild and Moose was on the loose. By spending so much time with him, the Sea World manatee rescue boat was named “Moose” as a tribute to him. Now his name will be remembered for all future animals rescued with that boat.
Although this program is directed towards a younger audience, it most certainly will touch the heart of anyone who watches it and instill a love for God’s creatures and those who are dedicated to preserving these animals as seen on this episode of “Sea Rescue.”
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