Mote releases rehabbed dolphin into Gulf of Mexico

9:42 AM, Aug 15, 2012   |    comments
Before her release they fitted her with a satellite tag, which will allow scientists and the public to follow Edna at sea for the next 60 to 100 days. (Mote Marine Laboratory)
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Sarasota, Florida -- With a flip of her tail on Tuesday, Edna returned to her Gulf of Mexico home.

Photo Gallery: Mote releases dolphin named "Edna"

The bottlenose dolphin was found stranded on Longboat Key back in June. She was dehydrated, severely underweight and battling a case of pneumonia. But staff at Mote's Dolphin and Whale Hospital nursed her back to health.

On Tuesday morning, Edna was released about two miles offshore. 

"It was excellent to see her return home," said Mote's Lynne Byrd in a release. "We watched her get her bearings for a moment and then she seemed to be showing some fishing behaviors-that's a good sign."

And researchers will continue to keep an eye on Edna. Before her release they fitted her with a satellite tag, which will allow scientists and the public to follow Edna at sea for the next 60 to 100 days.

If you want to see Edna's whereabouts, click here.

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