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Stranded Baby Dolphin Calms Down So That Teenagers Can Help Him

Three teenagers' quick thinking saved a dolphin calf who recently became stranded on an Australian lakeshore.

The teens, who filmed the experience, were kayaking on Goegrup Lake in Western Australia, when they noticed the dolphin, who had accidentally become beached in the shoreline waters and was struggling to stay alive.

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YouTube/Shocking News/Mandurah Mail

"We thought it was sick at first, so we got close to it and we saw the tide was going out and it was beached," one of the kayakers,15-year-old Zachary Allegretta, told Fairfax Media.

The boys quickly set to work turning the little dolphin around so that he could swim into deeper water. At first, the calf wasn't very receptive ...

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YouTube/Shocking News/Mandurah Mail

... but, eventually, he allowed the boys to turn him around and give him a gentle push.

The process took around 30 minutes, the boys said.

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YouTube/Shocking News/Mandurah Mail

And you better believe that dolphin was out of there ASAP - likely headed toward the Indian Ocean, which is connected to Goegrup Lake by tributary.

Go, little dolphin, go!

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YouTube/Shocking News/Mandurah Mail

Watch the full rescue below.

If you happen to come across a stranded dolphin, the Whale and Dolphin Conservancy (WDC) recommends approaching the animal with care. When in doubt, send for help.

For more heroic rescues at The Dodo, go here.