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Thursday, April 21, 2011

STRANDING: Dolphin stranded in Petitcodiac River, New Brunswick

Mammal stuck in mud behind Riverview home

Posted: Apr 21, 2011 3:39 PM AT 

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2011 4:15 PM AT

A Riverview couple found this mammal stuck in the mud behind their home Thursday morning.A Riverview couple found this mammal stuck in the mud behind their home Thursday morning. (Jim Davis)
It's hoped rising waters on the Petitcodiac River will free what's believed to be a dolphin or a porpoise stuck in the mud.
A Riverview couple who live on the river discovered the mammal about 60 metres behind their home on Thursday.
Homeowner Sandra Davis says it is on its side — its tail and and right fin peeking out of the mud. Its head is completely buried.
She said it's upsetting to see.
"I'm very sad about it. It's stuck so badly and trying so hard to move and you can see it's getting weaker and weaker all the time," said Davis.
Davis and her husband Jim called fire officials Thursday morning.
Denis Pleau, the Riverview Fire chief, said there isn't much that can be done.
"We're going to let nature take its course once the tide comes in. It's should be able to free itself and go to the Bay of Fundy or where ever it needs to go," said Pleau.
Pleau has contacted the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, as well as a marine rescue group in Nova Scotia.
Both also recommended waiting for the high tide to see if the mammal can free itself.
High tide is expected to be at its peak later Thursday afternoon.


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5 comments:

  1. Sandra9:45 PM

    The good news is that the white-bellied dolphin, according to Marine Dept., has now been freed with the help of Mark from the Fisheries Dept. and Glen Rogers, a Lappa Member and a very helpful neighbour with her canoe. The sad news is that there is absolutely nothing to stop this from happening over and over again. This area has been a lake for many years and all the mud and silt that has been deposited here with the incoming tide in very uneven mud flats has made the area extremely treacherous for both human and our friendly mammals that come in with the tide. Today it ended happily, but what about tomorrow and the many other tomorrows??

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  2. Anonymous5:50 AM

    poor one...is this dolphin a white-beaked dolphin by any chance?

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  3. NOTHING TO BE DONE??? Let Nature take its course when the tide comes back in? The dolphin will DROWN when the tide comes back in if it is still stuck.

    I'm glad that the being was refloated, but disgusted by the ignorance displayed by the Riverview Fire Chief.

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  4. To many trekies got jobs and think the Star Trek "Prime Directive" applies here on earth. Use you "compassion gene" folks!!! Jeez

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