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We’re making headlines here at Dolphins Plus!  Dolphins Plus has been featured in various publications for the amazing work and rescue efforts of our staff, including with our Marine Mammal Responder Unit. We’re very proud of the work we do here, and it shows.

Posted on: March 8, 2017

Dolphins Plus is proud to announce that the Keys’ own Pirates on the Water has chosen our Marine Mammal Responders as its charity of the year. To celebrate, Dolphins Plus will be hosting a Dolphin Hoedown as their annual fundraiser event on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm at Dolphins Plus Bayside. Dress in your best Western-themed attire and enjoy delicacies such as BBQ from Shorty’s and  …

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

The Alliance of Marina Mammal Parks & Aquariums' most recent newsletter highlighted the latest success of our Marine Mammal Responder unit. On January 27, the Dolphins Plus MMR was alerted to an entangled Atlantic bottlenose dolphin off Lignumvitae Key. Fortunately, thanks to the quick actions of Art Cooper, Jason Shoemaker, Michael Borguss, and Captains Matt and Ana Bellinger of Bamboo…

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

On January 27, 2017 the Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder unit was alerted to the plight of an Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin entangled in a crab pot. Around 7 a.m., shortly after receiving the call from the National Marine Fisheries Service, the MMR team was scouring the ocean side and bay side waters half a mile off Lignumvitae Key.

Working with Captains Matt and Ann Bellinger of…

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Posted on: January 16, 2017

The Dolphins Plus Oceanside Marine Mammal Responders unit was called into action on Sunday, January 15, 2017. A large pod of false killer whales – which, as their name suggests are actually a large species of dolphin often mistaken for orcas – had beached themselves among the gnarled mangroves on the western edge of Everglades National Park the night before.

The pod consisted of 95…

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Posted on: December 26, 2016

Our very own Leo, a 13-year-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, graces the cover of “Florida Currents” for Florida Keys Electric Cooperative’s year-end issue.  Leo is a male Atlantic bottlenose, and the first dolphin born at Dolphins Plus Bayside!  Leo knows up to 14 different vocalizations, and can even mimic a seagull and a laughing baby.  Leo obviously knows he’s a star, and we’re thrilled he…

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