Dolphin trapped in three pounds of fishing gear gets new lease on life

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Dolphin Untangled From 3 Pounds of Fishing Gear

The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network has untangled a dolphin that was weighed down by three pounds of fishing gear.

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The dolphin, named Tango, was suffering under the weight of monofilament line, lead weights, hooks and other supplies; she was not able to feed or swim naturally.

The Network received a call about Tango several weeks ago, and monitored her activity. With a permit from National Marine Fisheries Service, the Network -- along with crews from SeaWorld San Antonio and SeaWorld Orlando -- captured her in hopes of removing the gear.

The teams successfully removed the pounds of fishing supplies and nursed Tango back to health. After saving Tango's life, they returned her back to the wild.

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LA SPEZIA, ITALY - DATE UNSPECIFIED: Collect picture of Marine Mammal System dolphin marking a practice mine tethered in the water column, for relocation and investigation by human divers. Gliding through the water to locate mines, handcuff terrorists and take part in surveillance these amazing animals are the real Navy Seals. Incredible pictures capture one of the latest military demonstrations showing how sea lions and other marine mammals are being trained and used in modern warfare - juts like combat dogs on land. Super-skilled Gremlin, a Californian sea lion, showcased his incredible abilities at a US Navy demonstration watched by officials at the NATO underwater research centre in the bay at La Spezia, Italy, on October 23. Handlers from the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfae Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific), based in San Diego, CA., showed onlookers what the underwater animal expert can do. The mammals are chosen because of their natural tolerance to cold, low light underwater vision, and ability to dive deep without getting the bends. (Photo by United States Navy / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
LA SPEZIA, ITALY - DATE UNSPECIFIED: Collect picture of a Marine Mammal System dolphin marking a practice mine tethered in the water column, for relocation and investigation by human divers. Gliding through the water to locate mines, handcuff terrorists and take part in surveillance these amazing animals are the real Navy Seals. Incredible pictures capture one of the latest military demonstrations showing how sea lions and other marine mammals are being trained and used in modern warfare - juts like combat dogs on land. Super-skilled Gremlin, a Californian sea lion, showcased his incredible abilities at a US Navy demonstration watched by officials at the NATO underwater research centre in the bay at La Spezia, Italy, on October 23. Handlers from the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfae Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific), based in San Diego, CA., showed onlookers what the underwater animal expert can do. The mammals are chosen because of their natural tolerance to cold, low light underwater vision, and ability to dive deep without getting the bends. (Photo by United States Navy/Barcroft Media/Getty Images)
A US Navy trained dolphin named Ten, seen above, discovered a 1800's era torpedo in San Diego Bay. (Photo by Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
GULFPORT, MI - SEPTEMBER 17: In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Ens. Michael Dobling (L) and Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Philip Myers greet one of four Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins displaced when hurricane Katrina destroyed their home at the 'Marine Life Oceanarium' September 17, 2005 in Gulfport, Mississippi. The aboveground pool, along with other necessary filtration equipment needed to care for sea mammals, was provided by U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program personnel from San Diego, California. Kelly has spent the last two and a half weeks in the Gulf of Mexico with seven other dolphins, swept out to sea by a wave reported to be forty feet high during Hurricane Katrina. Because these dolphins are from a captive facility, they do not forage for food or necessarily have the survival skills needed to avoid predators or boat traffic. Since they were spotted off the gulf coast on September 10, Marine Life Aquarium trainers and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service biologists have been feeding the dolphins several times a day. (Photo by Chris Gethings/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
AT SEA: In this handout photo from the U.S. Navy, Sergeant Andrew Garrett watches K-Dog, a bottlenose dolphin attached to Commander Task Unit 55.4.3, leap out of the water while training near the USS Gunston Hall March 18, 2003 in the Persian Gulf. Commander Task Unit 55.4.3 is a multinational team from the U.S., Great Britain and Australia conducting deep and shallow water mine clearing operations to clear shipping lanes for humanitarian relief and are currently conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo by U.S. Navy/Getty Images)
387020 01: Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Palmer of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team 3 (EOD Team 3) gives Hapa, a half Atlantic, half Pacific bottle nose dolphin, used for shallow water mine countermeasures, a snack aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Duluth (LPD 6) during Exercise Kernel Blitz 2001, March 21, 2001. Kernel Blitz is a large-scale amphibious landing exercise taking place in the vicinity of Camp Pendleton, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo by Gregory Messier/Newsmakers)
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