Lorraine Culloch and Mike Robertson were driving home from photographing killer whales off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland, when their navigation system sent them to the mouth of a local river. They had no idea that they would end up saving a dolphin.
Lorraine noticed something in the distance; it was a stranded dolphin on the beach. Lorraine and Mike did the opposite of what most people would do: they turned around and went there. They went there to see if the animal was still alive.
He was still alive, but he had blisters on his skin from being out of the water for an extended period of time, and it was unclear how much longer he would be living. Lorraine explained, “We phoned the police, the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), and the SSPCA.” They arrived and took control.”
Lorraine stayed at the dolphin’s side while the rescue crew worked to keep him alive. Because the water was shallow at low tide, they used towels to keep the skin wet. “The dolphin appeared to be aware that we were there to assist,” she added. “He remained calm throughout.”
Everyone contributed to the dolphin’s survival, but restoring it to the water would take considerably longer. They had to wait until the middle of the day for the tide to rise since the entry was nearly inaccessible. Lorraine explained, “We were there for 10 hours, till just after 4 a.m.”
Finally, the rescue crew rescued the dolphin and returned it to deeper water.
“When the dolphin regained its strength, it swam away out of the bay,” Lorraine explained. “He was swimming quite fast. That was a good sign.”
Lorraine was grateful for the opportunity to save a life, despite the fact that it was not her intention.