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Dolphin Rescue in Provincetown: VIDEO


I'm working up on Cape Cod for a few weeks and was out biking yesterday in the National Seashore when I made a swing by Provincetown's Herring Cove Beach and noticed a commotion. A space had been cleared on the beach for the arrival of several Atlantic White Sided Dolphins which had stranded themselves early in the day several miles down the coast at Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

A protected bay, Herring Cove is apparently a much safer place for the rescuers to release the dolphins back into the water. There were six which had beached themselves. Two apparently died in the process, and the four remaining were examined and brought up to Ptown for release.

I arrived at the beach moments before the dolphins were trucked in and shot some video of the release. Notice at about 3:00 you can hear the dolphins start communicating as they are first submerged back into the water.

Really a joyous thing to witness. Thought I would share.



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  1. Probably part of a dolphin suicide cult and we humans just messed it up for them. Now they will burn in dolphin Hell or something. LOL.

    Posted by: AJ | Aug 20, 2012 10:19:27 AM

  2. Glorious! How awesome you happened to witness this, Andy. Thanks for sharing! :)


    Posted by: DeeperStill | Aug 20, 2012 10:28:02 AM

  3. Glorious! How awesome you happened to witness this, Andy. Thanks for sharing! :)


    Posted by: DeeperStill | Aug 20, 2012 10:28:03 AM

  4. Dolphins are just gay sharks.

    Posted by: Otkon | Aug 20, 2012 10:37:54 AM

  5. Thank you for sharing this heart-warming and inspiring video Andy. Love is the answer....

    Posted by: Amicus | Aug 20, 2012 10:41:21 AM

  6. @AJ

    What an asinine comment. Why even bother posting it?

    Posted by: Kevin | Aug 20, 2012 10:45:42 AM

  7. Or it was the beginning of their plot for world domination and we foiled it.... But they WILL be back.

    Posted by: AJ | Aug 20, 2012 10:46:01 AM

  8. @AJ -- So you're saying they did it on porpoise?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Aug 20, 2012 11:09:10 AM

  9. Beautiful. We need more people in the world who respect all life, not just their own.

    Posted by: Bobby | Aug 20, 2012 11:24:01 AM

  10. so long and thanks for all the fish courtesy of Douglass

    Posted by: dennis | Aug 20, 2012 12:52:37 PM

  11. How cool! Thanks for sharing this, Andy.

    Posted by: peterparker | Aug 20, 2012 1:16:47 PM

  12. sweet

    Posted by: Glenn I | Aug 20, 2012 1:24:43 PM

  13. By saving these animals, are we not making it more likely that this behavior will continue?

    If these animals don't know how to keep themselves alive, the next generation won't either.

    Unless we're committed to saving every last one of them that beaches itself. Are we?

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 20, 2012 2:58:03 PM

  14. Awesome video. Thanks for posting it. Put more life affirming and good news vids on Towleroad.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 20, 2012 9:44:41 PM

  15. "So long, and thanks for all the fish...."

    Posted by: book7 | Aug 21, 2012 3:27:24 AM

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