MARATHON, Fla. - One of the lone surviving dolphins, rescued from the BP Oil Spill will live out the rest of its life at a marine mammal education and research facility in the Florida Keys.
Louie the dolphin arrived at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon from New Orleans onboard a Coast Guard plane. Louie was found Sept. 2 stranded on a beach visibly covered in oil.
A Louisiana-based Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue group gave Louie just a 5% chance of survival.
Wildlife officials said it took more than 700 hours but they finally got Louie back swimming and eating on his own.
Louis does not have the skills to survive in the wild, and officials at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon filled that need. BP paid the full cost of transporting Louie to Florida.
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