Baby dolphin freed from Gold Coast swimming area

A dolphin calf has been freed after becoming stuck in an enclosed public swimming area on the Gold Coast. External Link:

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Experts suspect the animal may have jumped over or swum under the netted swimming area at Tallebudgera Creek.Members of the public alerted the Gold Coast City Council and Sea World.Sea World marine mammal trainer Andy Mulville said the dolphin may have been chasing fish after the previous night’s king tide.”At first I don’t even think it realised it was in too much trouble,” Mr Mulville said.”But I think a few calls from a mum and it realised that it’s got itself into a position where it shouldn’t have.”Part of the swimming enclosure net was unhitched from the shore and drawn back to create a 30-metre gap through which the calf could escape and reunite with its mother.”A few calls from her and the calf was finally listening to mum and swam through after about 20 minutes,” Mr Mulville said.The calf snuck out under the water and it was five minutes before the gathered crowd was told it was gone.”A little uneventful for the crowd but they were very happy once they got the report that the calf was back with the mum,” Mr Mulville said.”Everyone was very happy on the beach.”
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ABC Gold Coast

By Michelle Rafferty and Damien Larkins

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November 15, 2016 12:49:43

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