Thursday, February 5, 2009

Minke whale and dolphins rescued in Wellfleet, Cape Cod

Tuesday: rescue four dolphins.
Wednesday: lead a minke whale back to sea.
Just another day in Wellfleet?

This summer I'm going to have to shake the hand of Wellfleet Harbormaster Michael Flanagan, who gently guided back to sea a minke whale who'd come too close to shore and was in danger of being stranded by the approaching low tide. According to the Boston Globe's Green Blog, Flanagan has quite a bit of experience with strandings, which are all too common in the Cape Cod winter.

On Tuesday, the International Fund for Animal Welfare rounded up thirty volunteers and help capture and rescue four dolphins who were stranded in Duck Creek and Chipman's Cove in Wellfleet Harbor. The animals' body temperature had fallen so low that the rescuers had to warm them up in a trailer before driving them to Herring Cove in Provincetown. All seemed to be well as they swam away.

Photo by Eric Williams, Cape Cod Times. video taken by Cape Cod Times.

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