I was aboard the Dolphin Explorer on March 9 when our group spotted “Seymour.” The keen, trained eyes of our guide, James Livaccar (marine biologist and researcher) knew immediately from a far distance that it was Seymour.
At that time, our captain, Chris Desmond (founder and director of the Dolphin Study Project) radioed the team of rescue and recovery boats that were in another area that we had Seymour in sight. Also at that time, James was on Skype to a classroom of elementary children in Pennsylvania detailing our sighting. I know all the adults on board were as excited as the school children that Seymour had finally been spotted and a rescue team was on its way.
I did not get to see the final rescue as our trip ended at 1 p.m., and there was another group waiting at the dock to go out. Later in the day, I called Bob at Dolphin Explorer and he stated that “yes” Seymour had been rescued.
The time and effort that has been put into the study, search and recovery of Seymour is beyond believing. I want to thank the entire group for what they have done to bring the possible demise of Seymour to an end. According to all reports, Seymour will be fine. But, as boaters and fishermen, we need to keep in mind and respect the habitants or our waters. Fishing line was the culprit in Seymour’s case. It was wrapped and embedded in his tail.
If you have not been on the Dolphin Explorer, you should go. It has been the most memorable time of my stay here on Marco Island.