A dolphin is back at sea thanks to the efforts of Good Samaritans, a lifeguard, and firefighters in North Wildwood Monday.
Two women spotted the small dolphin near the shoreline and moved it to deeper water beyond a sandbar, the Press of Atlantic City reported.
But the marine mammal was no match for the waves, which pushed it back toward shore.
North Wildwood Beach Patrol Chief Tony Cavalier and North Wildwood firefighters arrived and used a soft stretcher to scoop up the dolphin for the successful push to deeper water.
Two dolphins in the pod were able to free themselves when the tide came in.
Officials say all of the dolphins returned safely to the ocean.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.