Dolphin named "Chance" gets another chance
Named "Chance" by the staff at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, he now lives at IMMS.
The young dolphin washed ashore in November 2011.
The nonprofit IMMS responds to dolphin and sea turtle strandings, and has a research and education component, but also is an entertainment venue with hands-on displays of marine life, dolphin encounters and plans for dolphin shows. With Chance, the institute now has four dolphins. Two are 30-year-old retirees from service in a Navy program.
During Chance's first weeks at the institute, he was clinging to life, nervously swimming in circles in his climate-controlled hospital tank. He was dehydrated and bruised, with scrapes all over his body and parasites inside and out.
Last week, he was in a small tank taking commands from a trainer, popping up to see what was going on around him and learning to communicate in his new environment.
Solangi said when Chance was found, officials thought he was dead. That was about a year ago. The staff has worked to bring him back.
The institute has spent tens of thousands of dollars to save him and rehabilitate him.
Recovery has been a long process. But about a month ago, Chance was moved to the main pool. He's getting hands-on attention from a trainer. Someday he will be a performer.
Chance would not be able to survive in the wild. He had not learned to forage for food. That's why he will stay in captivity.
Critical thinking challenge: How is Chance getting another chance?
Define these words: dehydrated, captivity, rehabilitate
- Posted on November 23, 2012
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