Dolphin rescued after mackerel chase goes wrong

2010-07-06 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL police officers, a wildlife expert, a vet and two dolphin experts worked together on Sunday morning to rescue a dolphin that had been washed up on the harbour shore.

The female Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphin was spotted by police patrolling the harbour, said Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge.

“They discovered that the dolphin was struggling to get back to the water and called for assistance.”

Mdunge said the police officers shaded the dolphin to protect it from the sun while waiting for the help of a KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife expert, a vet and two dolphin experts from uShaka Marine World to arrive.

Anne Kunz, liaison officer at uShaka Marine World’s Sea World, said the Sea World employees inspected the dolphin and, although it was obvious that she was out of her comfort zone, they could not see any external injuries.

“Blood was taken from the dolphin and the results have come back, and her blood chemistry is normal,” said Kunz.

Although no one is absolutely sure how the dolphin got stuck on the shore, Kunz said she may have just “overstepped her mark” while catching mackerel in the harbour.

A school of dolphins was seen chasing mackerel earlier in the morning, and it is possible that the rescued dolphin got stuck and was left behind.

Kunz said the dolphin experts watched the dolphin for a while before they picked her up and moved her into deeper waters.

“She got stronger so they took her into the water where she swam and held her breath for up to two minutes, which indicated a normal ability to survive,” said Kunz.

Kunz is confident that the experts made the right decision to leave the dolphin in the ocean.

The Sea World employees have about 30 years of dolphin experience between them.

She said leaving the dolphin in its natural environment is preferred over capturing the animal, because the sea is its home.

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