A dolphin is once again swimming freely in open waters after rescuers successfully freed the marine mammal yesterday from a Cape May County creek.
The adult male bottlenose dolphin was caught in a shallow creek in Middle Township after it swam several miles from the Delaware Bay, according to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.
“This is another tidal creek with lots of mud, which makes for a risky rescue,” the organization’s Sheila Dean said yesterday.
After an hours long operation, the dolphin was captured and returned to the Delaware Bay yesterday evening.
“We’re all exhausted from this day!” the Brigantine-based non-profit organization posted on its Facebook page last night.
Dolphins becoming stranded in shallow waterways is not uncommon in New Jersey.