Volunteers Rescue Seven Dolphins Stuck In Wellfleet

One of the dolphins rescued from the Herring River in Wellfleet. Photo: Courtesy © International Fund for Animal Welfare

WELFLEET, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A group of local non-profit volunteers saved seven dolphins stranded in Wellfleet on Wednesday.

Local volunteers told the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) that the Atlantic white-sided dolphins were stranded in the shallows of the Herring River at around 7:00 AM.

The organization says a crowd of more than 40 staff, interns and others faced a challenging location and a rising tide. Animal Rescue Officer Misty Niemeyer said leaving the dolphins in the river wasn't an option, as they tend to get trapped there and can't leave.

The non-profit says Cape Cod is considered a global stranding hotspot.

The dolphins were in good health, but needed to be cooled down after being in the sun.

They were packed up by the volunteers and hauled to Herring Cove Beach in the IFAW's mobile dolphin rescue clinic, where they were released.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports:

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