200 dolphins in Cape Cod Bay, plus 3 on my screen
Fortunately, we haven't had any more stranded dolphins since Monday, but yesterday we received reliable reports that a large pod of about 200 was swimming in the middle of Cape Cod Bay.
They're in no immediate danger, (Cape Cod Bay is part of their natural habitat and they were several miles from land) but this report certainly caught MY attention.
Needless to say, we alerted our wonderful network of staff and volunteers, and they have everything ready to respond on a moment's notice, but we all breathed a sigh of relief when today passed without any sightings.
I'm relieved we haven't seen any of the 200 dolphins in the bay, and even happier because it gave me a chance to focus on three other very special dolphins on my computer screen.
These dolphins are unique because they have tiny, temporary satellite tags which show their location. They're three of the 21 dolphins we've released and they appear to be doing well. We know they're off the coast of Maine and if all goes well they should have long and successful lives.
To learn a bit more about these remarkable animals, take a look at yesterday's news release. In the meantime, I'm going to savor the knowledge that the 200 dolphins in the bay appear to be just fine ... and I'm going to print a copy of the three dolphin "dots" on my computer screen as a reminder that they, and so many other dolphins, were returned to the ocean and are alive today because people cared enough to extend a helping hand.
We don't know what tomorrow may bring, but for me, 200 dolphins in the Bay, and three more on my screen is a wonderful ending to an unforgettable two weeks.
For more information on our Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team's work, click here.