A family of beached dolphins was rescued by three surfers after they carried the terrified creatures back into the ocean.
A heartwarming video has surfaced of the group performing a rescue effort on two adults and two youngsters who were trapped, weeping and gasping for breath.
The rescue occurred at Cartron Beach, Blacksod Bay, near the northwest coast of Ireland.
The dolphins were said to have spent the entire day in the bay hunting for herring until the two younglings swam too close to the shore and were stranded at low tide.
Adult dolphins would have gone for help only to get stranded due to the dropping tide.
The incredible video shows two pods of dolphins trapped on a beach at low tide, unable to leave the shore.
Two surfers in black wetsuits can be seen carrying the marine animals on beach towels and into the ocean.
As they spray one dolphin, one rescuer’s friends tells him, “Spray some water on him.
A female surfer quickly joins the male surfers to help roll another dolphin onto a towel and drag it over the sand on the blanket.
As the group slowly drags the creature to the shore, the woman can be heard saying, “He‘s really heavy.“
According to the video description, the dolphins were moved to deeper water but could not swim freely.
Luckily, the local Royal National Lifesaving Institution (a nonprofit that saves lives at seas) immediately joined the surfers in moving the dolphins further out to sea.
Dolphin strandings frequently occur in the Erris region, with an average of four dolphin strandings per year, usually involving anything between four and 13 dolphins at a time.