Seymour the rescued bottlenose dolphin appears to be doing OK.
In March 2012, he was briefly captured, freed from the entangling line shown in the photo, and then he was released. The rescue was accomplished by a multi-agency team from throughout Florida .
At the time of release, he was fitted by SDRP staff with a satellite-linked transmitter so that his movements could be tracked and his health monitored. Funding was provided by a NOAA Prescott grant.
Signals were received from Seymour via his satellite-linked tag for 84 days. In May, the tag messages indicated battery voltage dropping, as the tag batteries neared the end of their life expectancy.
Remote monitoring of the dolphin by the SDRP continued through 31 May 2012, and showed continued localized movements centered on the region of Southwest Florida near Marco Island from which he was reported prior to entanglement.
During that time, occasional informal reports from local observers indicated that Seymour remained in good condition.
This information, along with data on his dive durations and depths, suggest that he was behaving as would be expected for a normal inshore bottlenose dolphin over the first 2-3 months following his rescue and release.
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