We started with general information about sea mammals including important biological information about dolphins.
The children were then shown some stranding case studies and we discussed why dolphins become stranded. We discussed the problems a stranded dolphin may face and the children used this information to create their own first aid manual.
Checking the that the dolphin is alive by checking for breathing. A dolphin may breath once every 15 - 30 seconds.
Dolphins react very well to being stroked and spoken to softly.
Another couple of children were digging sand from around the flippers to help reduce pressure from gravity.
The tide is now coming in. Final check before attempting to release the dolphin into the sea.
We finished with an activity about marine litter, especially plastics. We looked at how long different items take to biodegrade and the dangers to marine wildlife from plastics and other marine debris.