By Sara Ericsson
After entertaining onlookers on the Gladys Porter Bridge Thursday, a pod of four marine mammals made their way out to open water on the falling tide.
The animals, believed to be three adult and one juvenile Atlantic white-sided dolphins, received an official escort down the Cornwallis River.
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New Minas fire Chief James Redmond said the Marine Animal Response Society contacted his department around 2 p.m. Aug. 22. After sending a call to the Canning Fire Department for support, three of the water rescue team’s boats were launched.
“(MARS) requested us to try and encourage the dolphins out of the river and into the basin,” Canning’s deputy Chief Jeff Skaling said.
“We followed the dolphins until Grand Pré area,” confirmed Redmond, adding the foursome swimming towards the Minas Basin.
Skaling said the fire departments were also contacted by the RCMP, who were concerned both for the dolphins’ safety and for the public’s, as traffic volumes increased due to vehicles stopping to watch the river visitors.