London: A Namibian man has saved the life of a baby dolphin he found stranded ashore on Wednesday morning.
Naude Dreyer, who owns a sea kayaking company based in the picturesque Walvis Bay in Namibia in Africa’s south-west with his wife Katja, was filmed as he slowly scooped the mammal up and carefully carried him back to his proper home.
The dolphin, a juvenile male Benguela dolphin, was still alive when he was found and there were no clear signs as to how he came to be on the beach.
And as Naude returned the beached animal to the water, the dolphin took a few seconds to register where he was. The sea creature wobbled for a moment in the waves before he appeared to wave goodbye with his tail.
The video was posted to Pelican Point Kayaking’s Facebook page with a message from Naude, the owner.
‘After a quick assessment and measurements, I attempted to get him swimming again,’ said Naude.
‘I was not very hopeful, but as soon as he got into water and realized where he was he took off like a bullet.
‘I’ll do a drive past the same area again later just to make sure he hasn’t returned again.’
Naude was an instant hero, with Facebook users across the globe congratulating the father-of-three on his responsible actions. The post was shared with the pages 13,000 followers, but shared almost 50,000 times and viewed almost four million times.