A day at the beach for Nick LeBlanc turned into a dolphin rescue operation Sunday.
LeBlanc told Eyewitness News he was walking along the beach at Round Hill with his girlfriend when they noticed splashing in the water. Realizing it was a dolphin, LeBlanc jumped into action and into the water.
Luckily for the dolphin, LeBlanc had some idea what he was doing. It turns out he worked at the former Ocean Explorium in New Bedford and has an interest in marine biology.
LeBlanc said the mammal had some minor cuts and scrapes but was in overall good health. It took a few tries, but LeBlanc said he was finally able to help the dolphin swim away from shore.
Jay Williams of Dartmouth caught the entire rescue on video.
Eyewitness News checked with Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program about what people should do if they spot a stranded or beached mammal.
While LeBlanc was clearly trying to help, the aquarium said people should not approach beached mammals, as they are protected by federal law.
Instead, they should call the aquarium’s 24-hour Animal Rescue Hotline at 860-572-5955 ext.107. The aquarium said to leave your name, a phone number where you can be reached and the location of the animal.