Hurricane Laura's storm surge last month swept marine life inshore in southwestern Louisiana, stranding some with no access to open water.
That included a female bottlenose dolphin, found in a pond nine miles inland in Cameron Parish. The Audubon Coastal Wildlife Network (CWN), Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration responded to get the dolphin out.
"This was a multi-day and multi-organizational effort to rescue, transport, and release this bottlenose dolphin," said Audubon Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding, Rescue, and Rehab Coordinator Gabriella Harlamert. "All these agencies came together for the common goal of making a positive impact on the natural world."
Once the team was able to safely capture the dolphin, a physical exam showed that she was in good health and could be released into the Gulf of Mexico.
Audubon CWN anticipates more reports of marine animal strandings in the aftermath of Gulf Coast hurricanes. Please report all stranded marine mammals and sea turtles (live or dead) to CWN at (504) 235-3005.