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.

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