March 10th, 2012
08:28 PM ET

Brazil: Sunbathers save stranded dolphins

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Finally, some good news: around 30 dolphins were safely returned to sea after washing ashore on a Brazilian beach.

The mammals were saved by the quick thinking of beachgoers at Arraial do Cabo, in Rio de Janeiro state.

According to Gerd Traue, who caught the incident on camera, the dolphins appeared at 8:00 AM on March 5.

His video (below) shows the pod dragged closer and closer to shore, seemingly by a strong current, until the animals lie stranded on the beach itself. Thrashing their bodies and making high-pitched squeals, they become stuck in the wet sand and are unable to swim back out to sea.

People approach, at first unsure of what to do, but soon cooperating to drag the dolphins back into the water by their tails.

The entire pod was returned to safety within a couple of minutes. Beachgoers broke into cheers and applause as the dolphins swam away.

The happy ending is all the more welcome for the fact that it's unusual: in February, hundreds of dead bottlenose dolphins washed ashore on the northern coast of Peru, for reasons that remain a mystery. Meanwhile almost 200 dolphins have stranded themselves on the shores of Cape Cod in the past month; at least 125 have died, despite efforts to save them.

Dolphins cannot survive long on land, and unless returned to sea quickly, may struggle to recover even once they're back in the water.

The video of the Arraial do Cabo rescue, which has had over 1 million views since Monday, is sure to warm your cockles:

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Topics: Animals • Latin America

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. jal

    See, sun bathers can serve a porpoise.

    March 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • Rz

      Indeed! They put down iPOD to save a pod ! Way to go guys !

      March 11, 2012 at 8:04 am | Reply
    • Rz

      Even better, they can apparently tell the difference between a "bottle neck" and a "bottle nose" ,

      March 11, 2012 at 8:14 am | Reply
  2. Sharqawi Sharqawi

    Let us admit it ! Israel is a result af European colonialism and Antisemitism and thus it is alien to the Arab world and due to that the most destructive , for conservative in its influnce, factor on the way to democracy and pluralism. The Arab world would look a lot better without that horrible piece of "western" heritage...! Do you get my point ??

    March 11, 2012 at 8:22 am | Reply
    • Rz

      Hey SS ! Calm down ! What does that really have to do with dolphins and sunbathers in Brazil ? It didn't look to me like the sunbathers were necessarily all from a Euro-American Zionists Convention, and I certainly didn't see any of those dolphins sporting Kippahs in the video. So what's the problem here??

      March 11, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  3. dolphinwatcher

    Its something in the deep perhaps a Nuclear Submarine powerful loud solar waves drill all around 'south americas' by top
    Secret Sect seeking { oil }

    March 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  4. deniz boro

    Just a little help from a friend

    March 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply

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