A dolphin calf was rescued Friday off the eastern coast of Florida after its rostrum became entangled in a monofilament fishing line.
The intervention off the coast of Fort Pierce lasted only about an hour from net to release, but it took more than a month to locate the calf and its mother.
The fishing line cut through the dolphin's skin to the bone.
The dolphin calf was first reported on January 18 after someone in a boat spotted it riding their wake with his mother.
Interventions such as this one are massive undertakings, involving dozens of people from multiple organizations.
Rescuers gave the calf a a long-lasting antibiotic and radio-tagged its mother for monitoring before releasing the pair.