By chasing and dragging, young tourists made their day volunteering to salvage around 10 dolphins apparently losing directions and getting stranded at the La Paz Bay in Mexico’s Pacific island state Baja California Sur on Nov. 20.
(Soundbite) Francisco Gomez, Director of Whale Museum
“They are striped dolphins. They were completely overrun. I do not even want to imagine. The young guys nearby gave them helping hands. We were very careful in handling them afterwards.”
During the rescue, the volunteers didn’t forget to caress and whisper to these docile marine mammals in fear that they might be frightened.
(Soundbite) Marco Antonio Arreola,
“They were almost out of the waters. What we did was try to help. We did not know how, and what we did was pull them back to the sea, which was the easiest.”
It was a pity that five out of 10 died. Autopsy at local lab proved that this mammal group was tormented by physical disorder before reaching the coast.
In La Paz, stranding used to happen as part of life cycles of marine creatures, who intended to find an alternative way out but unexpectedly ran aground.