Crabbers rescue dolphin stranded in Mandurah estuary

Pic: Facebook/Mandurah Estuary Guardians
Pic: Facebook/Mandurah Estuary Guardians

IN an amazing stroke of luck, crabbers found a dolphin stranded in a remote part of the Mandurah estuary and saved her life on Tuesday.

On February 19, five-year-old dolphin Buddy was found in the remote shallows near Island Point by a couple out crabbing.

Pic: Facebook/Mandurah Estuary Guardians

When she was found she was on her side in ankle deep water and exhausted.

The couple moved Buddy upright so she could breathe and shaded her with their bodies from the 30-degree heat while keeping her skin wet.

Pic: Facebook/Mandurah Estuary Guardians

They got in touch with Mandurah Dolphin Rescue Group and Wildcare Helpline (DBCA) and rescuers arrived soon after.

Towels were used to shade Buddy and she regained her energy.

Pic: Facebook/Mandurah Estuary Guardians

Using a rescue sling the team carried her out to waist deep waters, where Buddy was released back into the estuary. 

Pic: Facebook/Mandurah Estuary Guardians

Buddy has been spotted since the rescue, happy and healthy, foraging with her buddies.

If you encounter a stranded, sick, injured or deceased dolphin call the Wildcare Helpline (DBCA) on 9474 9055.