Saturday, February 21, 2009

Dolphin Update

This montage of photos by Joan Borden shows the attempt of five Seal Cove residents to rescue ice-stranded dolphins in their community. (Courtesy of Joan Borden)
Note: Click to embiggen for all photos of this.

Distressed by the suffering of a group of trapped dolphins, men in a small Newfoundland outport took matters into their own hands on Thursday and cut a path through ice in a bay.

The crew claims three dolphins — five of the mammals had been seen earlier this week in a small patch of open water near Seal Cove, White Bay, on the island's northeast coast — made it out safely to another area. The four men and a teenage boy counted four dolphins in the water when they started their effort, which involved towing one of the creatures with rope.

{Read more here at CBC News}

The downside of all this is that these efforts may have done more harm than good but it is hard not to sympathize with the 'rescuers' who couldn't take the crying of the dolphins any more and did everything in their power to release them.


  1. I think they did the right thing. It's easy for experts to criticize, and maybe the wind might have changed and the dolphins gone free on their own, but maybe not and how would you feel if you had stood by and watched? Because the experts told you to? In the end it's a crap shoot and you either act or you don't.

  2. I heard one of the men interviewed on NPR and I loved that they joined together to try to save the dolphins.

  3. That makes me feel so much better and I adore those people who did that, how gallant they were to do that. It was a solution anyway, maybe not the best one, but at least it was one. I would have done the same thing.

  4. I'm glad. They did their best, in all the circumstances, and that's all anybody CAN do.

  5. Awwww. I shan't sleep tonight. The trouble with experts is that they can never agree and each is immoveable on their point of view.

  6. I know, Laura, I haven't gone back for more updates. I just don't want to hear that they died.


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