Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Rescuing Dolphins

As south Texas correspondent and ex-Nutmegger Sam Wells pointed out in an e-mail, this is a cold, cold job, but apparently it was a job well done too.

The rescue of the dolphins, from a bay on the north side of Long Island’s South Fork, makes me wonder about (not criticize) the extraordinary lengths we go to for marine mammals. Newsday said:

The rescue took about three hours and involved eight boats and some 80 people on land and in the water, officials said. "This would be the largest rescue effort of common dolphins in my experience, and I've been here 34 years," said Chuck Hamilton, regional supervisor of the state Department of Environmental Conservation's natural resources office.

And even with all that, a handful of dolphins didn’t get out, and six had already died.


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