Family saves stranded dolphin

16/03/2019 Posted by admin

DOLPHIN: Mathew Christian saved this dolphin at Coffin Bay National Park on Sunday.A FISHING trip turned into an unexpected adventure for a Coomunga family on Sunday when they came across a stranded dolphin at The Pool in Coffin Bay National Park.

Mathew, Chelsea and one-and-a-half-year-old Destiny Christian embarked on a mission to save the dolphin from a crop of seaweed.

Mrs Christian said the family had just come in from fishing when they saw the dolphin.

“As we were getting closer we could hear the squeals, so we thought it was definitely stressed,” she said.

Another dolphin was in open water nearby calling to the stranded dolphin.

Mr Christian tied rope around his waist to keep himself anchored to his tinny where Mrs Christian and Destiny were watching the rescue, while he guided the dolphin out of the seaweed and into a clear, deeper sinkhole.

Mrs Christian said he wanted to tow the dolphin out further but could not keep a grip on it once it reached the sinkhole.

However Mr Christian was confident once the tide came in, it would clear the path for the dolphin to reach open water.

The family watched from their campsite as the dolphin frolicked in the pool and then a few hours later, disappeared, most likely out to sea.

“We could see him jumping around and getting more excited, and then he was gone.”

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