Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 (Wojciech Fediow). A BOTTLENOSE dolphin trapped on sand by the retreating tide was saved by Good Samaritans.
Lorraine Culloch, 38, from Arbroath, Scotland, along with her partner Mike Robertson, were going to Channory Point when they saw the struggling mammal through their telephoto lens.
The dolphin, named Spirtle, got stuck on sand by the retreating tide near Nigg, Ross-shire.
The couple phoned the police to inform about the findings and requested a sufficient rescue for the creature.
Luckily, the dolphin was still alive at the time when Scottish SPCA and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue arrived.
The rescue began with veterinary examination, who assessed that Spirtle had no serious injuries and her condition was good enough to start 10 hour- long rescue action.
Lorraine said: “The divers and rescue team soaked towels and covered her with seaweed to keep her wet.
“It was heartbreaking to see Spirtle looking so sad, especially since the rescue took so long.
“It took 10 hours waiting for the tide to go out.
“At 4am when the tide eventually came in, the rescue teams got her onto a floating pontoon and walked her into the deepest part of the bay where they massaged her body, she was really stiff.”
As soon as rescuers finished the job, the dolphin was brought back to the water where she regained her strength and swam back to her pod.
A day before the drama, Spirtle had been seen swimming in the sea with her pod.