Jenni Hänninen was planning to take advantage of the nice day with a horseback ride on the beach. Hänninen, who is originally from Finland, was trotting along the sand of an Irish beach in Louth with friends when something caught her eye.
As she got closer, she was taken aback by what she saw. Time was of the essence, and rather than risk waiting for help, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Hänninen saw a baby dolphin stranded on the sand of Seapoint Beach on June 30.
The woman was with two friends when she spotted the dolphin that’d washed up on shore. They weren’t sure of how long the dolphin had been there, but it was still alive.
“I just saw the first baby dolphin at the side of the water. I didn’t know who to call or if I should call the coastguard or someone,” she told the Irish Independent.
After helping it into the water, she was on her way back to rejoin her friends when she spotted another stranded dolphin. She set out for another rescue, only this time a friend had his camera rolling.
“So I went over to help and when I was coming back there was another one which was stranded as well. I didn’t even know they existed on the east coast,” she said.
Hänninen carried the dolphin out to the water.
Despite its diminutive size, the baby dolphin’s oblong body and weight appeared to give Hänninen difficulty as she carried it out to the deeper water. She waddled and waded through the waves with the dolphin in her arms.
Darren Cannell of Piperstown Stables had his phone out and was recording Hänninen as she ventured out into the water.
“Piperstown’s Jenni Hänninen originally from Finland seen in action saving 2 dolphins stranded on Seapoint beach in Louth,” Piperstown Stables said in a tweet, which included the video of the rescue.
“Not only is Jenni one of our top riders in the yard, also turns out she’s a cracking life guard, it must be the ‘Fin’-ish in her.”
Hanninen walked into waist-deep water before attempting to let the dolphin loose.
After releasing the dolphin, cheers were heard from onlookers as it swam away.
As the waves crashed on her, Hänninen released the dolphin, and to her delight, it immediately kicked its tail and swam away. She turned to the camera and gave a “thumbs up,” sign.
The video has led some to suggest Hänninen leave her job in finance and enter the field of animal rescue, according to the Irish Independent. She said that isn’t in the works, but was happy to be able to help the dolphin in its time of need.
Watch the wonderful rescue in the video below:
Piperstown's Jenni Hänninen originally from Finland seen in action saving 2 dolphins stranded on Seapoint beach in Louth. Not only is Jenni one of our top riders in the yard, also turns out she's a cracking life guard, it must be the 'Fin'-ish in her 😍#SMCFoodSafety #LouthChat pic.twitter.com/Zg2gCdJEgv
— Piperstown Stables 🏇 (@riding_stables) July 3, 2018