VIDEO: Amazing footage of impromptu team of Brazilian dolphin stranding rescuers

This footage of the dolphin stranding in Brazil is amazing. 

This is a rare event for this area, unlike here on Cape Cod, MA in the U.S. where this is a much more common occurrence. 

The response from the public shows great compassion for these animals. I am pleased that it does not appear than any of the rescuers were hurt while handling the animals, which is amazing given their strength and the way they were being handled. 

It is quite dangerous to drag animals by their tail fluke. My concern is also that some of the animals may have suffered injuries to their pectoral flippers or rostrums while being dragged and may also have aspirated sea water. 

When animals are dragged in that manner, they are unable to raise their heads to breathe. However, it does appear that, at least initially, the animals successfully swam off. 

The fact that this all took place in just three minutes is remarkable. 

Although it is unfortunate that health data were not collected from these dolphins, and again we would not promote this method of handling for dolphins, the rescuers should be commended for their efforts. 

--KM

For more information about the International Fund for Animal Welfare efforts to help stranding marine mammals, click here.

Comments: 5

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

Love it :)
It's always grateful too watch something like this,
Humans can make a difference,
Thanks !

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

My guess would be a loud noise in the water that drove them in, has it been investigated?

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I guess if ever I was in that situation I would have responded in the same way and grabbed the tail, unless you have ever been up close and personal with a dolphin you would stay away from the head and of course the tail is easier to grab hold of. It is so reassuring to see complete strangers getting together to protect these wonderful creatures instinctively, almost paternal, there was no time to think, but they all knew that the dolphins had to be returned to the sea asap by whatever means, that in itself is tremendous. It still begs the question, "why did the dolphins do it?". Well done all who took part also I guess for them, an exceptional experience in a lifetime!!x

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Just amazing! Great to see humans helping dolphins. Restores your faith in human nature

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

COLLECTED DATA????? U CREAZY U HAVE TO ACT FAST IN THAT CASE SO B R A V O TO THIS HEROES FOR SAVING THE DOLPHIN !!!! MANY THANKS !!

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