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By Sarah Sharkey
10 to 12 dolphins were rescued along the Massachusetts shoreline. After onlookers reported the stranded animals, the New England Aquarium assisted the International Fund for Animal Welfare and got these animals back in the water. This is a relatively large stranding event; Tony LaCasse from the New England Aquarium said “I can’t recall when last time an incident like this happened.”
The largest group of dolphins was stranded in Duxbury, MA. A New England Aquarium spokesperson explained that the rescuers did not have the chance to examine the animals due to the urgent need to get them back in the water.
Two other dolphins were rescued after being stranded in Barnstable. The International Fund for Animal Welfare officials said these two dolphins were healthy.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s mission is to “rescue and protect animals around the world.” IFAW saves both individuals animals and animal populations around the globe. They also work to protect animal habitat around the world. The organization has rescued 152 stranded animals this year according to Jane Hoppe, assistant stranding coordinator at IFAW. She also commented that “We’re seeing a higher trend than usual years.”
Luckily for stranded dolphins everywhere, the IFAW has their back and will do their best to get any stranded animal back into the water.