Wild Nature

published : 2023-10-01

Dolphins Rescued and Released in Massachusetts: A Thrilling Tale of Hope and Survival

Marine rescuers work tirelessly to return stranded dolphins to the ocean

Dolphin_rescue_Provincetown.jpg taken with Nikon D850

Marine rescuers in Massachusetts embarked on a daring mission to rescue and release two dolphins found stranded in shallow river water near Cape Cod.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) received reports early Thursday morning about several dolphins trapped in the shallow waters near the mouth of the Herring River in Wellfleet.

Without hesitation, a group of dedicated marine rescuers rushed to assess the dolphins' location and behavior.

Volunteers spent the entire morning in search of the dolphins, navigating through the notorious mud flats of 'the gut' of the river.

Just when the situation seemed dire, the resilient rescuers finally spotted two dolphins in need of their help.

After multiple attempts to guide the dolphins to deeper water proved futile, the team resorted to a bold plan.

Marine_rescuers_assessing_dolphins_wellfleet.jpg taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

They decided to employ the unique dolphin rescue vehicles provided by the IFAW to carefully extract the stranded animals from the water.

Hours of relentless effort passed, but the rescuers' determination never wavered.

Finally, as the sun began to set, the dolphins were successfully transported to a release site at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown.

The breathtaking sight of the dolphins returning to the water filled the air with hope for their future.

Lauren Cooley, an animal rescue responder and stranding biologist with IFAW, expressed her relief for the dolphins' survival.

“It was a long, tiring day for these dolphins, and with the tide going out, we knew their greatest chance for survival was to transport them to deeper waters,” said Cooley.

Dolphins_returning_to_ocean_Herring_Cove_Beach.jpg taken with Sony Alpha A7R III

Thanks to the mobile capabilities provided by IFAW, the dolphins received a full physical examination, treatment, and supportive care.

These essential measures aimed to counter the effects of their distressing ordeal in the shallow waters.

As they returned to the depths, Cooley emphasized the significance of their new home in Provincetown.

The deeper waters off Provincetown will be key to their success back in the wild. Cooley asserted.