SeaWorld Orlando's animal-rescue team kept busy this week.
Rescuers helped save a stranded dolphin Thursday in Central Florida.
On the same day, SeaWorld Orlando released a rehabilitated manatee into the wild in southwest Florida.
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The animal-rescue team rushed the adult male bottlenose dolphin to the Orlando theme park after rescuing it in shallow water at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
The 8-foot-long, 350-pound dolphin appeared too thin and is currently listed in "very critical" condition, officials said.
"It's not known at this time why the dolphin was stranded," said Nick Gollattscheck, SeaWorld Orlando spokesman.
The dolphin will be watched nonstop by SeaWorld Orlando vets and animal experts.
The rehabilitated manatee named Gibb was released near Boca Grande on Thursday.
The sea cow and others were rescued by animal experts at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo in October 2012 during a red-tide bloom.
Gibb and another manatee, Cida, were released back into the wild after being rehabilitated.
"Fifteen manatees survived after they were initially taken to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo for treatment," the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said on Facebook.
A record 270 manatees died this year due to the algae, Lowry Park Zoo said.
"More manatee releases are planned in the next two months. Response efforts are aided by citizen observers," the wildlife agency said.
Gibb was released after SeaWorld Orlando's veterinarian and animal experts expressed confidence in the sea cow's health.
Six other manatees rehabilitated at the theme park will be returned to the wild over the next month, an official said.
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