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  • Addy Gamboa | November 11, 2015 5:00 AM ET

    A Veterinarian’s Tale

    A Veterinarian’s Tale

    PHOTO: Veterinarians working to assist a dolphin at Dolphin Discovery. (all photos courtesy Dolphin Discovery)

    Roberto Okrucky is a Veterinarian with 27 years of experience. He is Director of Veterinary Medicine at Dolphin Discovery; he is head of more than 20 veterinarians at 18 dolphinariums and responsible of almost 200 dolphins plus other 20 marine mammals. He is very passionate about his job; marine mammals´ health is his top priority, whether a birth, investigation or a clinical case.

    On a visit to Dolphin Discovery Akumal, I ran into him and he told me an awesome story about a stranded dolphin that was just rescued a few weeks ago. Maya, as they named the female Dolphin of the Steno bredanensis species, was found by lifeguards on a beach in Cancún. Authorities contacted Dolphin Discovery’s Marine Mammals Specialists for help. Dr. Okrucky was the Vet on site. He treated the dolphin and stabilized her for her transportation to a Turtle Farm in Isla Mujeres where Dolphin Discovery’s vets and Marine Mammal Specialists would continue with analysis and treatment.

    Dr. Okrucky analyzed her blood work and made several ultrasounds. They found out she had kidney problems that cause her to stop eating, thus losing weight and making her vulnerable to the currents that dragged her to the beach. After several examinations, Dr. Roberto determined a treatment and a course of action. He instructed the Vets on the medication, the diet and special cares that Maya should receive.

    Vets watched over Maya 24/7. Little by little she started feeding on her own, swimming more energetically and interacting with other animals in the water, such as fish and turtles. Every day Dr. Roberto visited Maya and evaluated blood test results or ultrasounds to determine Maya’s diet and which medicines she needed.

    After 930 hours of care for rehabilitation given by 65 people on guard, 48 medical procedures and 324 kilograms of fish, Maya finally showed substantial improvement and so Dr. Okrucky, along with the authorities, decided that she was able to go back to the ocean.

    Right before the release, Dr. Roberto installed a satellite transmitter in Maya’s dorsal fin to track her geographical location for 40 days in order to make sure she was doing fine. April 30th was the set date to reincorporate Maya to the ocean. Veterinarians and Marine Mammal Specialists transported Maya into deep ocean and released her. Immediately she swam away and everyone clapped and shouted with excitement.

    Day after day, Dr. Okrucky tracked Maya. Today she is near Honduras. Her swimming path indicated she is healthy and has found other dolphin companions. “There is nothing more satisfying than helping an injured animal and watching him fully recover. Studying marine mammals in our dolphinariums help us acquire the knowledge to assist animals in the wild and their ecosystem” said Dr. Okrucky as he kept on showing me Maya’s location.


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Addy Gamboa Dolphin Discovery, Home of the Most Loved Dolphins

Addy Gamboa Addy Gamboa is Corporate Marketing Manager of Dolphin Discovery, the biggest Dolphin Company in the world and the largest Park operator in Latin America. She is in charge of marketing strategies, publicity and branding of the company’s 16 dolphinariums, located in 6 different countries, along with 5 other brands of Dolphin Discovery Group.
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