WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Animal rescuers say they have rescued four stranded common dolphins after a herd of eight was caught swimming during low tide on Thanksgiving at Herring River on Cape Cod.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare says its Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team successfully herded three dolphins out of danger Thursday. One animal died.

Rescuers stabilized the four stranded dolphins, carried them out of the mud and placed them in a rescue trailer for full health exams. They were all deemed healthy for release back to the ocean.

Rescuers and volunteers from IFAW, AmeriCorps and National Park Service released one dolphin bull and three cows from Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown.

Michael Booth of IFAW says the number of dolphin strandings has risen to 262 this year, exceeding the average of 38.

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