On Sunday morning, The Ultimate Fighter 19 competitor Cathal Pendred was out for a walk on an Irish beach with his girlfriend when he spotted a group of concerned people looking into the ocean.
As it turns out the crowd was gathered because a baby dolphin had washed up on shore, injured and frightened, it unable to get back into the ocean without the currents pushing him onto the beach.
"I was at a wedding down the countryside on the west coast of Ireland on Saturday," said Pendred. "The next day, myself and my girlfriend went for a walk on the beach which was right beside the hotel we were staying in."
I just spent an hour in the sea at Doonbeg trying to save a baby dolphin. He was very hurt but alive and well now! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/LlteQKznHj
— Cathal Pendred (@PendredMMA) April 27, 2014
Pendred said he tried to push the dolphin out past the waves but he continued to get washed back in. The little guy 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.
It wasn't three rounds in the cage, but it was a struggle said Pendred. He was able to get the job done in about an hour.
Who knew they had dolphins in Ireland?