British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2019-10-11 11:23:02

Common Dolphin and Calf - Barry Buddon Sands

Just before 8am on Thursday 10th October, BDMLR were alerted by HM Coastguard to an adult dolphin stranded on Barry Buddon Sands in Fife. A team of medics from the area were mobilised and along with the RNLI and the Coastguard, they assessed the situation and put together a plan of action.
They found an adult female common dolphin with no substantial injuries with good body condition so the decision was made to refloat her as soon as possible, to prevent further stress on the animal. Due to the location of the stranding and with the tide being at its lowest point, the dolphin was transported closer to the water with the help of an ATV so a refloat could be attempted, however this was unsuccessful and the dolphin soon stranded again.

Once more medics had arrived to help, the animal was kept in shallow water so the dolphin’s breathing rate could stabilise again, then a second attempt was made in deeper water which proved much more successful. After the release a search of the area was conducted and to the team’s surprise they came across a dolphin calf about a quarter of a mile east of the first animal. The calf was checked for injuries and once given the all clear, the team were happy for the dolphin to be refloated so that it could join it’s mother.
This is the second dolphin rescue at this location in a month, both being successful! 🐬

With thanks to our Marine Mammal Medics Callum, Megan, Daire, Jess, Bernadette, Alison, and Area Coordinator Smudger, and special thanks to Angus and Mearns Coastguard Team, Broughty Ferry RNLI and MOD 43 Commando for their help and support.

Photo courtesy of: Smudger (BDMLR)