Samira, Stranded Bottlenose Dolphin Deemed Non-Releasable by National Marine Fisheries Service – Dec 22nd


After 10 weeks of rehabilitation at Gulf World, Samira has been deemed non-releasable due to her very young age and mother dependency by National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA). NOAA has chosen Gulf World as her permanent home. The animal care and training team has implemented a socialization plan to introduce her to the rest of our dolphin family. The marine mammal staff is beginning to build a relationship with Samira and to train her on husbandry behaviors. Samira will be placed at Gulf World in the main habitat very soon.


Samira’s story began on Oct 8th, 2017 when Gulf World Marine Institute assisted Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge in the rescue of the stranded bottlenose dolphin following Hurricane Nate. The animal was found washed up on the beach on Okaloosa Island by two beach goers that reported the beached dolphin to Florida Fish and Wildlife. Since then, Samira has been under the care of Gulf World Marine Institute. While the exact cause of stranding is unknown, the young dolphin could have been separated from its mother prior to her stranding. Samira was malnourished and lethargic at the time of her stranding. Her blood work and behavior have steadily improved. Her diet has been increased and she is eating well and gaining weight. Samira will be available for public viewing in the near future. Gulf World would like to thank the volunteers and staff for the many hours they have spent caring for Samira.


Stranded Bottlenose Dolphin in Rehabilitation – Update Nov 3rd

Samira, the young bottlenose dolphin that stranded on Oct 8th on the beach in Okaloosa Island is showing signs of improvement.  She is eating well and gaining weight as her diet is being steadily increased. Her blood work and behavior continue to be monitored closely, while the 24-hour watch has been reduced. A second morbilli virus test result is pending as a precaution for this deadly disease. She tested negative for the morbilli virus the first time. Samira’s playful and curious personality show more everyday as she interacts with enrichment that has been introduced to her.

The medical expenses for a stranded dolphin in rehabilitation are incredibly high, costing approximately $10,000 for the first week of rehab alone. If you are interested in helping with the rehabilitation costs for Samira through a symbolic adoption go to For a minimum donation of $35 to the non-profit organization Gulf World Marine Institute, donors will receive a printed photo of Samira, a certificate and a description of the animal. Gulf World would like to thank the public for their support and will continue to keep the public updated on Samira’s progress.


Adopted Sponsors: Cindy Dodds, Barbara Van Stavern, Gail Langley,  Kristy and Greg Blackwell, RC Edwards, Dominic Lee, Lisa Lindsley, Jude Mitchell