On June 11, 2015, the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team was contacted to come and help care for three Sandbar sharks who were unfortunately involved in a serious accident along I-95 during their transport from Miami to New York.
The SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team quickly headed to the scene and was able to successfully rescue the three adult male Sandbar sharks (brown sharks) and transport them back to SeaWorld Orlando for immediate care.


Once on property, SeaWorld’s Aquarists and Veterinarians worked tirelessly to ensure each animal was well cared for and no serious injuries had occurred during the accident.  The team provided a 24 hour overnight watch on each animal, enriched their environment to ensure stability and provided proper oxygen for each animal. 

“The animals are currently stable and are doing well,” says Jim Kinsler Aquarium Assistant Curator for SeaWorld Orlando. “The rescue team and our aquarists are continuing around the clock care for each shark as long as needed to ensure their health and success.”

SeaWorld Orlando will continue to care for the sharks until arrangements can be made. SeaWorld is committed to caring for the animals for as long as needed.

For more than 50 years, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has helped animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. More than 25,000 animals have been rescued by the expert animal rescue team that is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at (888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.

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