Posted by: The ocean update | January 7, 2016

Stranded dolphin family saved from washing ashore (Massachussetts, USA)

Dolphins nearly came ashore. Photo : NANTUCKET POLICE

Dolphins nearly came ashore. Photo : NANTUCKET POLICE

January 7th, 2016 (J.D. Capelouto, Alexandra Koktsidis). Nantucket police worked with state Environmental Police officers Wednesday to safely guide two dolphins away from shallow waters on the coast of Nantucket.

The mother and baby dolphin came “partially ashore” in the harbor near Washington Street Extension, according to a statement from Nantucket police. Lieutenant Jerry Adams, a Nantucket police spokesman, explained that this means the dolphins were essentially stuck in shallow water.

“They’re half in the water, half out of the water,” he said.

Sergeant Keith Robinson of the Massachusetts Environmental Police and Nantucket animal control officer Suzy Gale put the dolphins back into deeper water, but the aquatic animals remain in the harbor, police said. Gale is currently monitoring the harbor to ensure the well-being of the dolphins, Adams said.

If anyone sees the dolphins on shore again, they are encouraged to call Nantucket police.

Adams said they have seen oceanic mammals in the harbor before, but they rarely get stranded like in this case.

“It’s unusual behavior for dolphins or whales to do this,” he said, “I don’t know why they do it.”

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