12 March 2010

IFAW rescues Atlantic Whitesided dolphins stranded off coast of Cape Cod

On March 11, the Marine Mammal Rescue team from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) rushed to save a pod of Atlantic Whiteside dolphins who were stranded off the coast of Cape Cod.

After receiving reports that the dolphins were trapped in the mud flats off Wellfleet, MA the team of rescuers along with a group of trained volunteers and staff from the New England Aquarium quickly responded, finding 16 stranded dolphins. A total of 6 were able to be rescued and released in good health.

“It’s always difficult to find so many stranded animals,” said A.J. Cady, IFAW’s Deputy Director of Programs. “And although treacherous conditions made it impossible to rescue all the animals, we were able to give a second chance to six of these wonderful creatures.”

According to the animal welfare organization, because of improved medical examinations and supportive care, survival rates of mass stranded dolphins and whales has increased from 14% in 2004 to more than 50% in 2009, one of the highest success rates in the world. IFAW has handled over 900 live animals in the last 10 years.

With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW works both on the ground and in the halls of government to safeguard wild and domestic animals and seeks to motivate the public to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote animal welfare and conservation policies that advance the well-being of both animals and people. To learn how you can help, visit www.ifaw.org.

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