U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral Helps in Release of Rehabbed Audubon’s Shearwater

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first successful release by Florida Wildlife Hospital of an Audubon's shearwater

Crews from U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral teamed with Melbourne’s Florida Wildlife Hospital to release a rehabbed seabird out in the Atlantic. (Port Canaveral image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Crews from U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral teamed with Melbourne’s Florida Wildlife Hospital to release a rehabbed seabird out in the Atlantic.

The Audubon’s shearwater was taken to the wildlife hospital on March 31, where hospital staff spent weeks caring for the bird.

Last week a hospital volunteer boarded a Coast Guard vessel and released the seabird.

It’s the first successful release by the hospital of an Audubon’s shearwater, which spends most of its life flying or floating on the sea and only comes to land to nest.

About U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral 

Station Port Canaveral’s area of operations within the Seventh District and Sector Jacksonville encompasses 45 miles of coastline out to 30 nautical miles near the Kennedy Space Center and historic Cape Canaveral, as well as the Banana and Indian rivers.

In addition to the normal duties of search and rescue, law enforcement, homeland security and marine environmental protection, the station supports NASA and the Air Force by providing security zone enforcement for rocket launches.

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The Audubon’s shearwater was taken to the wildlife hospital on March 31, where hospital staff spent weeks caring for the bird. Last week a hospital volunteer boarded a Coast Guard vessel and released the seabird. (Port Canaveral image)
It’s the first successful release by the hospital of an Audubon’s shearwater, which spends most of its life flying or floating on the sea and only comes to land to nest. (Port Canaveral image)

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