Quick-thinking Tour Guide Rescues Young Dolphin, Who Swims Away Safely In Touching Footage

A kayaker saves a stranded dolphin by carrying him back to the water, and the dolphin thanks him with his tail. This stunning video captures the moment a juvenile dolphin was rescued after washing up on the beach.

The marine creature was discovered on a Namibian beach and was nursed back to health. Pelican Point Kayaking tour leader Naude Dreyer spotted the animal and leaped into action on Wednesday, carefully scooping it up and releasing it back into the waves.

They wrote: “On our way back from tour this morning, we came across this juvenile male Benguela Dolphin, still alive on the beach.

I was not very hopeful, but as soon as he got into water and realised where he was, he took off like a bullet.”

They also stated that they would return to the spot later to ensure that the young created had not returned.

THE quick thinking of a visitor to Westport and a local resident resulted in a dolphin returning to sea after becoming stranded in Westport Quay.

The dolphin had been feeding on mullet in Clew Bay and had chased them into the shallow waters around Westport Quay, where it got caught on seaweed early on Tuesday morning.

Fermanagh native Darren McNulty, who was on holidays in Westport, had brought his seven-year-old daughter Emily towards the Quay around 8.30pm to have a look at the dolphin before they were due to return home.

Realising the gravity of the situation, Darren had his wetsuit on within the hour and was soon up to his chest in water to help get the dolphin back into open water.

“We were watching the dolphin and released it couldn’t get out and had beached itself near the entrance of Westport House. I got into the water and tried to direct it to deeper water but it was caught in the kelp and could not get out,” he told The Mayo News.

With the tide going out and the dolphin unable to get out, Darren along with local boatman Arthur Gill and another man, decided to commandeer a nearby rubber dinghy and placed the dolphin on the dinghy in the hope of pulling it out.

“We ended up lifting the dolphin up on the dinghy and put a rope over my shoulder and basically walked with the dinghy up through the Quay with the dolphin in it. There was a lot of sludge at the bottom and it was up to my ankles… I got it as far out as I could. We were about two to three hours in the water, and I was absolutely shattered,” he recalled.

They managed to tie the dinghy to a punt, which Arthur rowed out to open water, where the dolphin was able to swim away. Recalling his experience, Darren described the event as the most random thing he has ever done.

“I live in Donegal, and I have seen dolphins before, but I have never been in close proximity with a dolphin before in my life. It was extremely random. We were hoping for the best for the dolphin as it was getting tired with very little energy. It was taking so long for the park rangers to come along that we had to take it upon ourselves to do something, and that is how the dinghy came about. If we had waited it would have got worse on the dolphin and would have been harder to move him.

“By the time we had got him up past the Quay there was a good crowd gathered and we got a good round of applause when we got it as far as we did. There was no sign of it afterwards, so hopefully it was alright.

“It was an interesting way of ending two days down in Westport,” he joked.

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