June 16, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan
A stranded dolphin rescued in Milolii became the first patient at the new Hawaii Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility located in the Keaukaha area of Hilo on Monday night.
In this video, HCRF Director Dr. Jason Turner explains the how it took three hours to drive the male striped dolphin safely to the Hilo rehab facility, and how volunteers worked for hours on end to try to nurse the marine mammal back to health. Turner even explains how a developing relationship between the facility and the Hawaiian community enabled a practitioner to comfort the dying dolphin in a culturally sensitive manner.
Although the dolphin had lacerations and other superficial wounds, an on site veterinarian believed the animal was suffering fom other health issues. A low white blood cell count pointed towards an infection or possible viral problem.
The dolphin died shortly after this video was filmed.