Stranded dolphin rescued from the Tweed River by fishers

A STRANDED dolphin was rescued by two fishers at the Tweed River on the weekend.

Two men, one who happened to be Nine's fishing, boating and surf reporter Paul Burt, managed to drag the dolphin back to the water saving its life.

"The dolphin is quite lucky they were there," Dolphin Research Australia founding director Dr Liz Hawkins said.

"It looked like it'd been there over an hour and it would not have survived without them helping it."

But when coming to the aid of a dolphin there are a few things Dr Hawkins said you need to be aware of.

"You should never touch their eyes," she said.

"Don't go near their blow hole as it's a particularly sensitive area and their most powerful muscle is their tail flukes.

"They can knock someone unconscious very easily."

It is especially important not to go near the blowhole Dr Hawkins said the air expelled from the hold would have bacteria and germs that can be very dangerous to humans.

If you find a dolphin stranded the best thing to do is call the closest national parks office.

"It is illegal to interfere with these animals and there's a certain procedure to deal with them," Dr Hawkins said.

"For these animals a situation like that is very stressful.

"It's best to ring the experts and try not to get in its way too much."

If a national parks representative is on the way it's best to keep the animal wet by gently pouring water on their body.

Also try to keep the animal in shade as they burn and get dehydrated very quickly out of their natural surrounds.

Dr Hawkins said the dolphin in the video was young and not yet part of the Tweed catalogue of dolphins.

"We probably know its mum," she said.

If you spot dolphins in the Tweed area, whether they're in danger or not, Dr Hawkins would love to know where and when.

Email your information to info@dolphinresearchaustralia.com.



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