WELLFLEET, Mass. ( Associated Press) — More than 40 people — including marine mammal experts, trainees and volunteers — spent several hours battling the oncoming tide to help rescue seven dolphins trapped in the shallow waters of the Cape Cod River this week.
The organization said in a statement that the International Fund for Animal Welfare was the first to learn that an Atlantic white-sided dolphin was trapped in a shallow gorge in the Herring River in Wellfleet at around 7 a.m. Wednesday and that rescue teams were at the scene. ,
It is not unusual for dolphins to become stranded in the area, due to their shape as a hook within the large hook of Cape Cod’s shoreline, and the large tidal fluctuations in Cape Cod Bay.
“The dolphins appeared alert and in good health, but the day was sure to be sunny and warm and we needed to move quickly,” said Misty Niemeyer from IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Team.
The tide was also coming, and dolphins often run the risk of being trapped again when it rolls down, she said.
The dolphins, all likely young males, ranged from 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 m) in length and weighed up to 250 pounds (113 kg) and were then carried in a custom-designed vehicle to transport the dolphins and into deep water. Abandoned. Provincetown between 1:30 and 2 pm
“The largest and last released dolphin appeared to be slightly stressed, and we fitted that dolphin with a temporary satellite tag to monitor its success,” Niemeyer said. “We released the dolphins in three rounds, and eventually all swam deep into the water. We look forward to their journey ahead.”