Five Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have found a safe retreat from the storm at SeaWorld Orlando.
In anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s landfall, the dolphins were transported from Dolphin Connection in Duck Key to SeaWorld. Dolphin Connection offers interactive dolphin conservation programs at Hawks Cay Resort.
Four team members from Dolphin Connection traveled with the dolphins and are caring for them behind the scenes at SeaWorld.
The decision to conduct an emergency evacuation of the Dolphin Connection animals was made after Hurricane Irma was forecast to impact the Florida Keys.
The five male dolphins range in age from 13 to 43 years old and will stay at SeaWorld until they can be safely returned to Duck Key.