Facebook Helps Rescuers Save Dolphins

Facebook helped rescuers save four dolphins in Oyster Bay that were stranded in mud after the tide swept out.

A unidentified resident of the British Columbia, Canada island was cutting his lawn, when he spotted the Pacific white-sided dolphins struggling in a shallow muddied area after the tide receded and returned to the Campbell River.

The concerned man quickly contacted the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to see if they could assist in helping the stranded dolphins get back into the river.

In an effort to try and get more help for the struggling dolphins, the man took to Facebook to put out a call for help. Although it was still early in the morning, around 7 a.m., the social networking site’s call-to-arms garnered at least 60 volunteers armed with buckets and tarp.

The dolphin brigade began wetting the dolphins to keep their body temperature cool. The volunteers then placed each one on tarps and carried them back into the river.

Female white-sided dolphins can weigh as much as 320 pounds and males can reach 436 pounds. When placed back in their familiar surroundings, two of the dolphins immediately took off and headed out to sea, while the remaining two, just swam along the coastline.

A few of the rescuers decided to hang out and wait a while until they were sure, that the dolphins were far enough away from the shore.

What do you think about the role Facebook played in the dolphin rescue?

Photo courtesy of 3 News

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