SeaWorld Orlando recently presented exciting news about Ridgway, a rescued baby dolphin. This announcement came from SeaWorld Orlando via a Facebook Live today, Jan. 4, 2023.
In July 2022, SeaWorld Orlando became the care provider for a rescued dolphin saved from the Clearwater Beach area. SeaWorld Orlando has been providing care for injured dolphins for decades. In October, SeaWorld announced the name of this dolphin to be Ridgway. The dolphin received this name in honor of the late Dr. Sam Ridgway, who created a legacy as a marine mammal medicine and science pioneer.
During the Facebook Live event, we learned Ridgway’s condition has improved enough that he was moved to an area to interact with adult dolphins. This would be the first time Ridgway was able to do this. The goal revolves around teaching him to eat fish on his own, not just depend on bottle feeding. So far, Ridgway is making solid progress. In addition, he has begun bonding with other dolphins. Also, the SeaWorld Rescue team said Ridgway shows a strong desire to survive and thrive. He is now available for all guests to see him in the Dolphin Cove area of SeaWorld Orlando.
Ridgway has been under SeaWorld’s care since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared the dolphin non-releasable. Ridgway has been a part of the Dolphin Nursery at SeaWorld Orlando since then.
Also, the SeaWorld Rescue Team will be available for a unique look for those interested in more information about their operation. On Jan. 7-8 and 14-15, guests can get an up-close look at what SeaWorld Rescue does at SeaWorld Orlando. During those weekends, guests can see what goes into providing world-class animal care from the people doing it. These special events are included with the price of admission to SeaWorld Orlando. For more information, you can go to SeaWorld’s website.
Have you ever been to the Dolphin Nursery at SeaWorld Orlando? What do you think about the update about Ridgway? Let us know in the comments below.