Swimmers and lifeguards at Playas de Tijuana saved a stranded dolphin on the evening of Tuesday, May 14, as it floundered about in the beach shallows.
According to 14-year-old beach-goer Azul Garibaldi, the youthful delfin (Spanish for “dolphin”) was frolicking near the shore throughout the day with its pod before it leaped ashore near a lifeguard station.
Tijuana lifeguards spotted its erratic behavior and tried to get the porpoise to return to the sea. However, upon investigation they found that the animal had suffered a wound under its left flipper and that it kept swimming back to shore despite efforts to coax it back into the Pacific.
The rescuers contacted personnel from the Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Mexico’s environmental protection agency), who advised them to make a pond in the sand and fill it with seawater, keeping the dolphin’s exterior moist while various options were considered.
After several phone calls, officials at SeaWorld in San Diego pitched in and offered to assist the wounded dolphin. Around 6 p.m., SeaWorld’s rescue crew arrived on the U.S. side of the border fence near the ocean, a gate was opened, and the transfer of the dolphin was made. Its current health and condition status are unknown.