10 Stranded Dolphins Rescued And Released From Wellfleet Harbor
A team from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) rescued and released 10 stranded dolphins from Wellfleet Harbor on Sunday.
According to The Cape Cod Times, the Risso's dolphins, which are identifiable as mature adults by the unusual white scars all over their skin, were first spotted by residents at 8 a.m. Sunday. By 11 a.m. on Sunday, an IFAW team had arrived to begin trying to guide the dolphins out to sea.
Crews in two boats worked to help the dolphins go out to deep water, but they appeared intent on stranding, said Kerry Branon, spokesperson for IFAW.
At about 3:30 p.m., the dolphins began to strand in the area of Chipman's Cove, Branon stated.
The dolphins were then taken to Corn Hill Beach in Truro to be released.
Branon said that experts determined Corn Hill to be the best location to let them go, based on the tides, the wind, and the water depth.
"This type of dolphin is not endangered. They can live anywhere from tropical to temperate zones, including off the coast of New England, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service."
With additional reporting by Sal Lopez