A handful of beach-goers in the Brazilian town of Arraial do Cabo sprang into action and saved the lives of 30 dolphins stranded in the sand. A dramatic video captured the incredible event, and has now gone viral.
The footage shows a normal day at the beach, suddenly interrupted as dozens of dolphins swim in with the surf and get stuck in the sand. The stunned onlookers quickly jump in the water and drag each mammal to deeper waters where they can swim away. The entire event -- the beaching and the rescue -- occurs in less than four minutes.
Dr. Darlene R. Ketten, senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, told the Huffington Post that approximately 1,000 dolphins and whales strand themselves in U.S. coastal waters each year. After viewing the video, she speculated that "the pod may have been feeding very close to shore and then were caught in a strong current or wave area and pushed onto shore by the water . . .We do see feeding groups getting caught in the shallows in situations similar to this in many locations, and the tendency varies by species, seasons, and circumstances."
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