Featured Image Credit:THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Whale Release and Strandings Group
By Sarah Sharkey
A typical dolphin rescue does not involve an excavator, but the recent rescue in Newfoundland was anything but typical.
A small group of white-beaked dolphins found themselves trapped in a small pool of water. As the days passed, the ice did not melt; instead, it continued to create a smaller space every day. The local fire chief and his friend could not stand by while these animals were trapped so they found a way to break through the ice.
The head of the Whale Release and Strandings Group, Wayne Ledwell, was impressed by the rescue effort. Although the fire chief led the charge, the rescue was really a group effort by the entire community. Someone came up with the idea of smashing the ice at the front of the harbor to help get the dolphins free, and it worked!
The excavator was able to make a small path which the dolphins eventually were able to find and swim through. Once the dolphins made it to freedom, the whole town was cheering and honking their horns to show how happy they were.
This awesome rescue effort really shows just how much people can make a positive difference in the ocean. Just through caring and determination, these people were able to save the dolphins. Maybe if everyone cared a little bit more, our oceans would be a better environment for the animals that live there.
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