Sometimes we all get disoriented and need someone to point us back on track. This was the case with a male long-beaked common dolphin that managed to swim all the way down the San Diego Bay and into an estuary in Imperial Beach just north of Tijuana.
Locals watched the mammal on Thursday and Friday of this past week and a couple tried to guide it back to open water, to no avail.
When the tide went down the dolphin became stuck in the mud and workers from Sea World came to the rescue.
“We had been monitoring the dolphin for a few days,” said Jody Westberg, SeaWorld’s stranded animal coordinator. “We were hoping he would find his way to open water, but unfortunately, he did not. The low-tide happened and the dolphin became stuck in the mud.”
“His bloodwork and overall behavior indicated that there wasn’t anything terribly wrong with him,” said senior animal care specialist Kevin Robinson. “He just ended up in a bad spot and got into a jam.”
On Sunday it was released into the ocean.
Here is video of the rescue posted by Sea World.