Baby dolphin rescue

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After saving the life of a baby dolphin at Cheyne Beach on Sunday, a pair of Albany fishermen were repaid with an unexpected friendship.

Brad Mann and Cowan Wise stumbled on the 1-metre long dolphin early on Sunday morning as they headed to their usual fishing spot.

“We thought it was a shark still kicking pretty strong so we sprinted down and it was a baby dolphin,” Mr Wise said.

“There was no way it could have made it back to the water so we just picked it up, carried it out and swam it out into the ocean.”

However the pair were astounded to see the dolphin return to shore soon after.

“It came back and did an arc and came back but then it just stayed with us,” Mr Wise said

“It started jumping in front of us so it looked like it had energy still so we left it and then we started walking around the rocks and it was right beside us.

“So we sat there, waited for a bit and watched it then walked even further to our fishing spot and there it was again.”

Mr Mann said their new friend made regular visits for the rest of the day.

“The whole day it stayed right there, we were fishing till about 230pm and we would see it every 10 or 15 minutes,” he said.

“It was an amazing thing to see, it was right up on the waterline and the water was lapping up against it.”

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