Photo: At the end of May, stranded Spirtle had to be covered in cool, wet towels while she and her rescuers waited for the tide to come back in so she could be ushered back out to sea. Credit: Facebook/Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMSS)
A female bottlenose dolphin known as "Spirtle" seems to be healing up, after a stranding on Scotland's Moray Firth in late May left the animal badly sunburned following more than a day on shore.
According to the BBC, scientists from the University of Aberdeen Scottish Marine Strandings Scheme (SMSS) spotted the cetacean offshore this month in the same area. Her wounds, though still grim-looking, appear to the experts to be clear of infection and getting better.
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Spirtle was found in late May by a couple that came upon her stranded on a mudflat. Rescue teams arrived on the scene, but, with the tide already out, they had to cover the injured animal in wet towels for 10 hours until the tide came back. Once the tide returned, they were able to refloat her.