Visitors enjoying the beach at Arraial do Cabo, Brazil one morning recently were surprised to see about 30 wild dolphins get stuck in shallow water. Apparently a strong current or disorientation caused them to get too close to the shore and the normal wave action also pushed them into the water right next to the beach, which is just inches deep.
Fortunately for them, the beaching took place at a time when there were enough caring people around that they all made it back into deeper water, after the people dragged them back out into the bay. The sudden mass beaching took place on the Rio de Janeiro coast. The species in the video is an offshore dolphin and they appeared healthy, said a marine mammal specialist. He also indicated the tail-grabbing manner the people used to pull them out of the shallow water could dislocate bones in the tail or even tear off a flipper. The best option in such cases is to call a marine conservation organization if one is available.
In the United States beachings of 179 dolphins in Cape Cod have been addressed by volunteers directed by people who are trained in dealing with such situations. (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Proposed federal budget cuts in the U. S. could eliminate all funding for the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, which is the system of local marine conservation organizations all over the country which rescues dolphins, seals and other marine life when they need help.
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