Ginger, a 7 year old Sarasota Bay resident dolphin, stranded in December 2008. She is now the subject of a book about her time regaining her health.
After stranding, Ginger was transported for rehabilitation to the nearby Dolphin and Whale Hospital at the Mote Marine Laboratory.
She was released into the wild 2 months later, and has since been monitored by the SDRP crew.
Ginger is part of a 3-generation lineage of Sarasota Bay dolphins. We first met her grandmother, FB13, in 1975 and her mom is called Edamommy.
No Dead Fish for Ginger! The Story of a Sarasota Bay Dolphin tells the story of Ginger’s stranding and her time in captivity.
Her rehab story is a little unique, because she was provided with more than 4,000 live local prey fish, which were inserted into her pool without humans being visible.
This procedure was adopted because the SDRP knew Ginger would be released back into an area where human-dolphin interactions were an increasing problem. So every effort was made to make sure that she did not learn to associate food with people while in rehab.
It’s illegal for humans to feed dolphins. The food is unhealthy for dolphins, and the process of accepting food from humans puts both the dolphins and the humans at risk.
No Dead Fish for Ginger! is an interesting look at what’s involved in trying to treat a sick or injured dolphin, both medically, and it’s from the perspective of the staff and volunteer helpers.
Written by Cathy Marine, a volunteer who helped with Ginger’s care (and who helps with SDRP dolphin surveys), the book is written for 10-15 year old readers.
Proceeds from the book benefit the SDRP and the Dolphin and Whale Hospital at the Mote Marine Laboratory.
And how’s Ginger doing in the wild? Quite well thank you. The SDRP survey crew sees her frequently, and she was checked out by veterinarians during the 2010 dolphin health assessments.
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