Dolphins Thank First Responders in the Florida Keys

Posted by Stacey Venzel
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All photos via Dolphin Research Center/Facebook

Animals and staff at the Dolphin Research Center survived Hurricane Irma, and now they’re giving back to the emergency response team!

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, emergency response teams from across the U.S. are swiftly working sunup to sundown in the baking heat to restore power, water, fuel, and safety to the 100-mile stretch of islands in the Florida Keys affected by the Category 4 hurricane.

Currently, re-entry has only been approved for the Upper Keys, but the region is still without utilities and amenities.

When a team from Arkansas stopped in to check on the Dolphin Research Center (DRC) in Grassy Key, FL, the trainers offered their gratitude in the best way possible – with some dolphin love!

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Another team from Miami-Dade County also stopped in to check on the DRC. In response, the team received some flipper high-fives.

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Communication in the Middle and Lower Keys is still very limited, but these occasional updates are providing many evacuees and DRC fans some much needed relief.


The DRC has suffered structural damage from Irma that will require repairs. Consider making a donation to help the dolphins and trainers – or book a visit with them on your next vacation!

All photos via Dolphin Research Center/Facebook

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Dolphins Thank First Responders in the Florida Keys