South Africa 11.8.2018 07:33 pm

Stranded dolphin rescued from Port Elizabeth beach, returned to sea

NSRI. Picture: ANA

NSRI. Picture: ANA

The NSRI says the dolphin was transported approximately four nautical miles out to sea.

A dolphin stranded on a Port Elizabeth beach has been rescued and returned to sea, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Saturday.

NSRI Station in Port Elizabeth was alerted at 7.20am to a dolphin stranded on Cape Recife beach, station commander Ian Gray said.

Sea rescue volunteers, Bay World staff, and members of the Nelson Mandela Bay Marine Animal Stranding Network responded straight to the scene where they found a common dolphin well up on the beach, he said.

“We helped Dr Greg Hoffman and the stranding network volunteers to load the adult female common dolphin into their special stretcher and then into the Bay World vehicle to be transported to our sea rescue station.

“The sea rescue vessel JLT Rescuer was prepared and after transferring the dolphin to the sea rescue boat we transported her approximately four nautical miles out to sea where she was released at [10.05am]. We are cautiously optimistic that she will survive the ordeal,” Gray said.

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