COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - A year and half old bottomnose dolphine finally got the help it needed on Monday.
"it was a life threatening situation."
The calf, first spotted in August, was entangled in fishing line.
"Within the last month it was starting be seen more frequently originally down towards naples and then ultimately where we engaged the rescue yesterday up near Fort Myers," said Erin Fougeres with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A team of marine experts were able to remove the line. They tell me if it hadn't been removed, the dolphin could have ultimately lost its flukes, which is the end of the dolphin's tale. Situations like this are the reason behind a new cell phone app created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"So this app is just one more tool in the tool box to make it easy for the public to report stranded marine animals directly to the appropriate local stranding response network," said Fougeres.
The app allows you to call for help and take photos and NOAA said the response time is quick.
"And help us build up that sighting network so we can mount an intervention to disentangle and rescue these animals."