Study

The first confirmed successful refloat of a stranded bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in Ireland and subsequent resighting with a neonate

  • Published source details O'Brien J., Baker I., Barker J., Ryan C., O'Connell M. & O'Donoghue B. (2014) The first confirmed successful refloat of a stranded bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in Ireland and subsequent resighting with a neonate. Aquatic Mammals, 40, 191-194

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Rescue and release stranded or trapped marine and freshwater mammals

Action Link
Marine and Freshwater Mammal Conservation
  1. Rescue and release stranded or trapped marine and freshwater mammals

    A study in 2012–2013 in the Shannon Estuary, western Ireland (O'Brien et al. 2014) found that a stranded common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus that was rescued and released survived for over a year and was observed with a calf. The rescued adult female dolphin survived for at least 482 days after being released at sea in June 2012. She was observed with a dependent calf on 18 occasions in May–September 2013. The dolphin (3.5 m long) was found stranded on a beach during a receding tide on 1 June 2012. Wet towels were used to cool the dolphin. A transport box attached to a tractor was used to move the dolphin back into the water where she was directed by hand to the open sea. The rescue took 70 minutes to complete and the dolphin was observed swimming away. Researchers on board tour boats recorded sightings of the dolphin within the estuary during daily photo-identification surveys in 2012–2013.

    (Summarised by: Anna Berthinussen)

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