The mission of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office (PSO) Maritime Operations Unit (MAROPS) is to make sure all are safe on the water.
In early May, MAROPS corporals were called to assist a different resident: a dolphin calf that was days- or hours-old, alone and in distress.
An off-duty PSO deputy was fishing off the coast of Hudson when he discovered the small dolphin swimming in circles and struggling to get above water to breathe.
The deputy contacted MAROPS and the young mammal was taken by boat to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Ultimately, the dolphin was transferred to the care of SeaWorld Rescue, where it was showing signs of improvement and swimming on its own.