On Sunday, Lorraine Culloch and her partner, Mike Roberts, were on their way home after photographing orcas off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland, when the car's navigation system sent them turning down the wrong road toward the inlet of a nearby river. That's when Culloch spotted something in the distance — a dolphin stranded in the shallows.
She was — though judging from the blisters on her skin from being out of water, it wasn't clear how much longer she'd last.
"We called the police, the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and the SSPCA," Culloch told The Dodo. "They came and took charge."
"The dolphin seemed aware that we were there to help," said Culloch. "She was very calm the whole time."
"We were there for 10 hours, until a little after 4 in the morning," Culloch said.
That's when the time finally came.
"When she regained her strength, she swam away out of the bay," said Culloch. "She was swimming strong. That was a good sign."
"It's a great feeling to be part of giving this dolphin a second chance," she said. "Everyone involved in these rescues are amazing people."