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Dolphins rescued after getting intro trouble near St Ives

Dolphins rescued after getting intro trouble near St Ives

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:02am 8th April 2019. (Updated at 7:06am 8th April 2019)

Two dolphins have been rescued after being discovered in difficulty near St Ives.

A team from British Divers Marine Life Rescue rushed to the scene on Saturday morning.

The mum and calf were in trouble at Carbis Bay and the mother became stranded.

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A dolphin and her calf got into difficulty at Carbis Bay over the weekend and had to be rescued. Photo: Cornwall Coast Photography

What happened?

The calf was swimming close to the shore and briefly came aground further along the beach, but was pushed back out again by members of the public.

Further first aid measures were carried out, such as putting up windbreaks and shade to protect the mum from the sunny but breezy conditions, and her breathing rate was measured.

She was in moderate body condition and responded well to the rescue efforts of the team as more help arrived.

During this time the calf had moved offshore and was no longer visible, and the serious worry was that it would become separated from its mother if they could not be reunited soon.

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The mum became stranded and rescue teams and to re-float her. Photo: Cornwall Coast Photography

The vet carried out a rapid assessment and decision to refloat the mother as fast as they could.

The team donned drysuits, wetsuits and lifejackets before they carried her in a tarpaulin into the water to begin the refloatation procedure.

Battling the waves, they rocked her from side to side to help her find her balance again and thankfully she responded quite quickly.

The team were able to release her a very short time later and she powered out strongly straight offshore in the direction her calf was last seen.

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Her calf was spotted swimming close to the shore and teams hope she managed to find her baby again. Photo: Kat Ord

"The team can only hope that the mother managed to find her calf again soon after and remain concerned.

"Key locations around St Ives Bay have been notified of the incident and to report any dolphins seen close inshore to BDMLR's hotline just in case, while local volunteers will also continue to monitor the area over the coming days.

"We would also like to thank the members of the public who reported and helped the stranded mother, the Carbis Bay Hotel for assistance with parking and of course our Marine Mammal Medics who responded to the incident for their swift actions."

Dan Jarvis, British Divers Marine Life Rescue

Members of the public who find live stranded dolphins, porpoises and whales are advised to not immediately return them to the water, but to call British Divers Marine Life Rescue's 24hr hotline for advice and assistance on 01825 765546, as there may be serious underlying reasons that may be the cause of the stranding that require a vet to assess.

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