IMAGES: Bataan residents help drive dolphins to safety

By Luis Liwanag, Newsbreak

Posted at Feb 10 2009 05:28 PM | Updated as of Feb 18 2009 10:27 PM

Local residents helped the Philippine Coast Guard, and other environmental groups, drive hundreds of seemingly disoriented dolphins away from the shorelines off the coast of Bataan to the safety of the open waters of Manila Bay. 
The gentle mammals were first spotted very dangerously close to the shores of the coastal town of Pilar, Bataan, 135 kilometers northwest of Manila at around 6 am on Tuesday, on Feb. 10, 2009.
Three of the dolphins died of unknown causes. Some were observed to have been injured.

As of 3 pm, locals managed to drive the mammals as far as the town of Orion near Mariveles, Bataan.

Some locals brought kids with them on boats to marvel at the extraordinary event. The friendly mammals played and interacted with the humans before they were eventually shooed to safety.