A group of marine biology students from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) successfully saved a beached dolphin yesterday, 12 December
The incident happened when final year student Mohd Nur Aiman Suhaimi received a call from his senior at 1.30pm yesterday about a dolphin that was found stranded on the Tanjung Gelam beach in Batu Rakit, Terengganu, reported New Straits Times.
"He told me that some villagers found a beached dolphin and needed assistance to get the marine mammal back to sea," Aiman said.
Without wasting time, Aiman, together with six other marine biology students, rushed to the beach to rescue the dolphin
The students arrived at the Tanjung Gelam beach and spent about five minutes moving the dolphin back to the deep water.
Aiman related that two passersby tried to carry the dolphin to the water before they arrived, but the cetacean failed to overcome the big waves and that the spot was too shallow.
"It was worrying when the dolphin started to make some sounds and there was a small cut on its head," Bernama quoted him as saying.
"Fortunately, the villagers were quick to contact us and it finally managed to swim back to the ocean."
Aiman and his friends saved the dolphin by carrying it to another part of the beach where the water was deeper
Aiman said the dolphin faced some difficulty swimming through the waves at first, but it managed to swim away safely after a few tries.
The marine biology students stayed at the beach for another 30 minutes to make sure that the dolphin did not washed up to the beach again.