Thursday 5 December 2019

If only retired Irish UFC fighter Cathal Pendred had been on the beach in Argentina to save that dolphin

When news emerged today that a dolphin in Argentina had died after being plucked from the sea by beachgoers for the purpose of taking selfies, it brought to mind the heroics of retired Irish UFC fighter Cathal Pendred.

The small dolphin, which was a member a vulnerable species called La Plata, was taken from the sea at the beach resort of Santa Teresita, where crowds of people took pictures with animal, before it quickly became overheated and died.

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Such a story is no doubt upsetting and frustrating but, thankfully, there are those with a more sensitive and altruistic view of the natural world.

Though, who would have thought one of them was a man who’s moniker was the ‘Punisher’? One of Europe’s most feared welterweights at the time, Cathal Pendred saved the life of a baby dolphin back in April 2014.

Strolling down a beach while attending a wedding in Doonbeg, Co Clare with his girlfriend Michelle McGrath, Pendred noticed the creature stranded and quickly scooped it up before returning it to the sea.

The SBG Ireland man spent up to an hour helping the dolphin find its bearings before it swam off none the worse.

He posted the following on Twitter: “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!”

Pendred announced his retirement from professional MMA last year, after a career which saw him win the Cage Warriors welterweight title and emerge victorious from four of his six bouts in the UFC's octagon.

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