MERRITT ISLAND, Florida — A bottlenose dolphin that was found stranded in June in a thick bed of seagrass has been returned to the wild.
SeaWorld Orlando staff released the male dolphin Tuesday from Melbourne Causeway.
The dolphin weighed about 350 pounds and measured eight feet long when a kayaker spotted him on June 13 at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. He was suffering from severe sun exposure and another unknown sickness. The aquatic mammal has gained about 140 pounds and recovered from his illness since then.
Florida Today (http://goo.gl/mW9ohU ) reports that the dolphin is the sole survivor of a mysterious die-off that has killed at least 74 bottlenose dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon this year.
Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Florida), http://www.floridatoday.com