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NSRI, Bayworld and CapeCross help rescue beached dolphin in Jeffreys Bay

Jan 3, 2019
NSRI, Bayworld and CapeCross help rescue beached dolphin in Jeffreys Bay

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Jeffreys Bay, with help from the Bayworld Oceanarium and CapeCross Veterinary Services, on Thursday managed to rescue a beached 2.5 metre dolphin.

According to Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys bay station commander, at 06h00, on Thursday, NSRI Station 37 Jeffreys Bay duty crew responded to Kabaljous Beach following reports from the public of a dolphin beached.

"On arrival on the scene we found a 2.5 meter striped dolphin beached and efforts by members of the public to try to refloat the dolphin were unsuccessful," he described.

Bayworld and CapeCross Veterinary Services help NSRI rescue beached dolphin

"NSRI Jeffreys Bay crew, trained to deal with Marine animal strandings, set up a system to keep the dolphin wet and to manage crowd control and assisted by a Kouga Municipal lifeguard and assisted by members of the public who we selected and who volunteered to assist," Janse van Rensburg added.

"Bayworld dispatched a Marine biologist and a Vet from CapeCross Veterinary Services responded."

He said that the dolphin appeared to be healthy "and we activated our sea rescue craft Projects Group rescuer".

"Using a specialised stretcher the dolphin was loaded onto our sea rescue craft and transported 3 kilometers off-shore and released and we are confident that the dolphin will survive although the beaches will be monitored over the next few days."

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