Australian Institute of Marine Rescues – AIMR

Dolphin, Whale, Sea Turtle and Aquatic Wildlife Hospital/ Rehabilitation Centre

The Aquatic Hospital would provide state-of-the-art critical care and chronic care for stranded dolphins, whales, sea turtles and other aquatic animals. The hospital’s mission is to rehabilitate these animals and return them to the wild. Information gained through such a rehabilitation program, will expand the basic knowledge of the biology, the veterinary care and the disease processes of these animals.

The vision of this centre is tiered into three sections:

  1. A marine rescue hospital: where animals are triaged and critically evaluated and treated in a manner similar to the emergency department and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at a human hospital
  2. A rehabilitation facility: where animals are nursed back to health and cared for in a controlled environment, similar to a hospital ward in a human facility
  3. Sea sanctuary and Ocean Pens: to prepare suitable animals for a soft release from ocean pens back into the ocean, as well as provide an ocean sanctuary for animals deemed not suitable for release

Animals released back into the wild after rehabilitation, will be monitored via methods such as satellite tracking, to assess the success of the rehabilitation and to add to the basic understanding of the short- and long-term movements of these animals. Suffering animals with no hope for survival will be critically evaluated and humanely euthanized if deemed necessary.