Meet Ariel, who graces the cover of this issue of Coastal Breeze News. Ariel, one of our newest Marco Island dolphins, was born in the fall of 2018 and is coming up on five months old.
About a month ago, our dolphin study team noticed that this new calf had some fishing line wrapped around its dorsal fin. Rookery Bay was notified, as well as FWC, in case the entanglement became severe and possibly warranted a rescue. Miraculously, the line released itself from the fin. Ariel now sports a small scar at the front of that fin.
The good news: Ariel now appears to be normal during daily activities.