University students rescue beached dolphin off Terengganu coast

The dolphin was found stranded at Pantai Tanjung Gelam near Kuala Nerus in Terengganu yesterday. (UMT Facebook pic)

KUALA TERENGGANU: Seven marine biology students from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) rescued a dolphin found stranded at Pantai Tanjung Gelam near Kuala Nerus yesterday.

One of the students, Mohd Nur Aiman Suhaimi, 23, said he received a call from a villager at about 1.30pm.

“I did not believe it at first because as far as I know, there has never been any sighting of dolphins stranded off the coast of Terengganu before,” said the final year marine biology student.

“We did have stranded turtles many times before but never a dolphin.”

It took Nur Aiman and six other students from UMT – Akalili Zanudin, Syakirah Sukery, Farah Syahirah Ishak, Syafiqah Nabilah Mutalib and Nur Aini Othman, all 21, and Wan Amirul Syafiq Wan Nazari, 22 – about five minutes to move the dolphin to deeper waters but it was too weak to withstand the tide.

“It was worrying when the dolphin started to make some sounds. There was a small cut on its head. Fortunately, it managed to swim back to the ocean after a while,” he said.

The group waited for about 30 minutes to make sure the dolphin was out of danger and safely in the ocean.