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Dolphin rescued after getting stranded on Cornish beach

Dolphin rescued after getting stranded on Cornish beach

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:00pm 17th December 2019.

A dolphin has been rescued after it got stranded on a beach in Cornwall.

The discovery was made by a dog walker at Gwithian on Sunday.

A team of volunteer marine mammal medics rushed to the scene to provide first aid.

On arrival the animal was found to be stranded near the high water mark, but with a rapidly outgoing tide and huge surf. 

Dolphin rescued at Gwithan

The team from British Divers Marine Life Rescue assessed it to be a young male common dolphin. luckily he had only suffered a few minor injuries.

They decided to refloat the dolphin at Carbis Bay where it was sheltered and to avoid the rough sea conditions.

The animal had a final check from vets and was successfully released.

"BDMLR Medics met the team at Carbis Bay and once the dolphin had been given a final check over by the vet it was taken down to the water and released. 

"The team spent some time following it as it travelled parallel to the beach reorienting itself and gathering strength to discourage it from restranding, and after about 20 minutes the animal started swimming much more strongly and headed off out to sea before being lost to sight.

Dolphin rescued at Gwithan

"This incident was another great effort by our volunteer Marine Mammal Medics to respond to the various challenges presented by this particular incident. 

"Along with those involved, we would like to give our sincerest thanks to Hayle Surf Life Saving Club, Carbis Bay Hotel and NCI St Ives for their help and support in reaching a successful outcome for this dolphin."

British Divers Marine Life Rescue

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