Cape Town - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) executed a successful rescue of a bottlenose dolphin that had beached itself in Cape St Francis Bay on Sunday.
A man walking his dogs found the dolphin among rocks near the town's lighthouse, and alerted NSRI, who contacted Dr Greg Hofmeyr from Bayworld Marine and the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) for assistance.
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The dolphin was 25 meters away from the tide and was wrapped in wet towels while they waited for a stretcher and "after guidance from Dr. Hofmeyr we moved the dolphin using a Stokes basket stretcher to the harbour where we got onto the ski boat ‘Sea Wolf’ with the help of Brandon Kennedy and Marc White," says Sarah Smith, the NSRI station commander in St Francis Bay.
Despite bad conditions with 4m swells, the team managed to get the dolphin back into the water and it swam away happily without any problems.
You can watch the video of the release below:
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What to do when you find a stranded dolphin:
- Immediately alert the authorities if you come across a stranded dolphin, like the NSRI, or local police.
- Check if the animal is alive by checking the blowhole for any signs of breathing, but do not touch the animal. Also check if there's any sand or debris blocking the hole and remove it.
- Make sure other people also stay away from the animal while the authorities are on their way. The animal may have a disease.
- Do not attempt to move the dolphin.
- Only roll the dolphin if it's lying on its side, as this may impede its breathing. Do not pull the fin or tail while doing so.
- You can also use an umbrella to create some shade for it, without touching it.
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