Cathal Pendred, an Irish mixed martial arts ultimate fighter, saved a beached baby dolphin Sunday morning while walking along the coastline in County Clare, Ireland.
Pendred was walking with his girlfriend when he came upon a group of people staring into the water as another man had apparently been attempting unsuccessfully to push the baby dolphin past the current and back into the sea.
Pendred walked out to the other man and after failing at his own attempt to push the dolphin back into the ocean, wound up carrying the dolphin past the waves and rocky coastline until it was in deep enough water for it to swim back into the sea.
"I continued trying to push the dolphin out past the waves but he continued to get washed back in," Pendred told Fox Sports
. "He was bleeding and had a lot of cuts so I think it was due to these injuries that he wasn't strong enough to swim past the break."
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"At one point the current dragged him into a very rocky, shallow area of the beach and the dolphin became stuck. I couldn't push him as his underside was scratching off the rocks and cutting him. So that's when I picked up the dolphin and brought him to a deeper, less rocky area," Pendred continued.
"I stayed around for a while to make sure he wasn't brought back in," Pendred added. "And when I realized he wasn't going to getting washed back, I headed for the hotel because I was wet and freezing."
The 6'2", 170 pound Pendred, who has a fighting record of 13 wins, two losses and one draw, told Fix Sports that he was visiting County Clare's picturesque coastline to attend a wedding.
As tiring as the ordeal was, the Irish fighter said he left the beach feeling great having been able to save the baby dolphin's life.
"It wasn't my typical walk on the beach, but I felt great about it afterwards," Pendred added.
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