The dolphin was completely trapped in sea ice and slush, unable to free itself and swim away from shore.
Its head was above the ice, allowing it to breathe but the compacting ice was cutting into the dolphin's skin and blood was visible, it needed help right away.
This year's record-setting snowfall and below average temperatures in the northeast of the United States have tested even the hardiest of New Englanders.
With local harbors completely frozen over and beaches inaccessible due to snow the reports of live and dead stranded dolphins within southern Massachusetts have been below average, likely affected by the large amounts of ice that formed near shore.
Now, as temperatures begin to warm and the ice starts to break up, the potential for dolphins to get into trouble has become very real.
In the past five days we've had to respond to two live harbor porpoises and one common dolphin needing rescue.
One of these responses in particular was incredibly unique and it started when we got a call from a beach walker who had seen a struggling dolphin who had become trapped in sea ice very close to shore and was unable to free itself and swim away.