Dolphins rescued with aid from Facebook, Twitter

Four dolphins can thank Facebook, Twitter and some muddy volunteers for helping save their lives after they became stranded in a shallow bay on Vancouver Island.
Volunteers save four dolphins who became stranded in a bay on Vancouver Island after word of their plight spread on social media 2:00

Four dolphins can thank Facebook, Twitter and some muddy volunteers for helping save their lives after they became stranded in a shallow bay on Vancouver Island.

The Pacific white-sided dolphins were first spotted feeding in Oyster Bay, just south of Campbell River, at around 5:30 a.m. PT Tuesday by a man who was cutting his lawn.

When the animals became stranded by the receding tide around 7 a.m., the man called the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for help.

But before officials arrived, word of the dolphins' plight had spread quickly on local radio, Facebook and Twitter.

About 50 to 60 volunteers were soon tramping into the muddy bay to use buckets to keep the dolphins wet and tarps to carry them one by one back into the ocean.

Two of the dolphins immediately swam off, but two others cruised along the shoreline. Some volunteers also remained to make sure they did not re-enter the bay.