WELL-MEANING members of public were asked not to return washed-up dolphins or turtles to the sea.
The Guardia Civil and Equinac, Almeria Province’s rescue service for marine animals, recently tried to locate a dolphin found on the Los Genoveses beach in San Jose (Nijar). Swimmers returned it to the sea three times, losing sight of it at the last attempt.
Dolphins approach the shore only when ailing or in difficulties, Equinac explained, and returning them to the sea means they could be washed up elsewhere without help at hand. A call to the 112 emergency line will instead alert Equinac, which will rescue and where possible restore them to health.