Dolphin Rescued by Two People, Reunited With Her Calf (Friday Happy Hour)

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In a story with a happy ending, Kerrie Ware and her family pulled a stranded female bottlenose dolphin off a sandbar, then helped steer her and her calf to safety. With no time to summon authorities, Kerrie and her father, George Heheman, quickly reacted with compassion – and notice how the dolphin doesn’t struggle, almost as if she knows the people are trying to help her. (April 9, 2012)

“It was only about four inches of water left on the sandbar,” Heheman said. “When we got over there I knew we had to get that dolphin off the sandbar or we’d have never moved her. She would have never moved.”
They said the dolphin wasn’t light and think she probably weighed about 300 pounds.
The whole ordeal was captured on camera by Kerry’s son and George’s grandson, 11-year-old Justin Ware. (Local 10 News)

The family was boating near Fort George Island, Florida – a complex environment that is honeycombed with channels and sandbars which can shift with the tides, dangerous to the dolphins that occasionally strand in pursuit of fish.

Fort George Island, Florida, has a complicated maze of waterways.

(This week’s Happy Hour tip was sent to me by Laurel Stradford.)

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