Miami, 23 January. The Hemingway dolphin, one of the most popular captive specimens of its species in the southern United States, died Monday at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) Recovery Center for Marine Species in Florida.
The CMA announced the death of the dolphin, estimated to be 37 years old and well-liked, through a statement and on its Twitter account that could not be released due to health problems and hearing loss.
The animal was found stranded in Fiesta Key (west coast of Florida) in 2019.
“Our team is heartbroken this morning. Today at approximately 1:30am our beloved rescued dolphin Hemingway passed away between the care team and veterinarians,” the CMA said in a brief statement on Twitter.
The center indicated that Hemingway lived at the Dolphin Complex with two other rescue workers, Apollo and Nichols.
The center’s statement explained that its staff noticed a change in Hemingway’s behavior late last week, so they began treating him for a suspected gastrointestinal condition.
The CMA team contacted veterinary experts, including a radiology specialist, for the best treatment for the animal.
An autopsy would be conducted to ascertain the exact cause of the dolphin’s death, he said.
“CMA staff were able to share Hemingway’s story and the importance of protecting dolphins in the wild. Our team learned new practices and continues to improve our approach to caring for dolphins with hearing loss.”
The CMA has dedicated itself for the past 50 years to serving as a hospital and shelter for marine animals. efe