Two stranded bottlenose dolphins were rescued on Sandy Bay beach in Cape Town this morning, 28 July in what can only be described as a dramatic rescue mission.
The rescue team consisted of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s wildlife division, the City of Cape Town’s Coastal Management, shark spotters and staff of Leeukop Estate.
The team worked together to keep the dolphins wet and upright ensuring that the dolphin’s blowholes were kept free from water and sand while waiting for the assistance of the NSRI who then dispatched one of its boats to help with the rescue mission.
It took more than 10 people to move the dolphins on stretches back to the safety of the sea.
SPCA’s Chief Inspector, Jaco Pieterse expressed his relief that the rescue was successful.
He added, “We are grateful to everyone who pitched in to help – teamwork saved these beautiful animals. We’ll monitor the area as a precaution in case they beach again.”
Picture: Cape of Good Hope SPCA