A PORT Lincoln man gave a baby dolphin a second chance at life when he rescued it from being stranded on the beach near Sleaford on Tuesday.
Andy Wright and his wife Jo were on the beach at Lone Pine when they spotted a pod of dolphins swimming off the beach.
Mr Wright and his wife headed up to the cliff carpark to get a closer look at the dolphins.
"We drove up to the cliff and went down the cliff path to get a look at them, and as we walked back to the car I saw a little one got disoriented and was stranded in the sand," he said.
"I quickly threw the wetsuit on, my wife grabbed the camera and we ran onto the beach."
Mr Wright gathered the dolphin, which he said looked less than a week old, and walked into the water to get it back to its pod.
He saw the pod of dolphins milling out in the waves, which he believed they were doing because of the infant.
After the first attempt ended in the dolphin beaching itself again, Mr Wright carried it out into deeper water and let it go and it swam back to its mother.
Mr Wright said he never thought he would be involved in a dolphin rescue.
"I've been surfing on the West Coast for 30 years and I've seen plenty of dolphins before, but I've never seen anything like this," he said.
"I know they're very protective and caring for their young."