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Crete: Locals Rescue and 'Baptize' Dolphin

Members of a Greek Orthodox Church in Crete unofficially baptized a dolphin that was found nearly dead at a local beach. The animal was named Anastasis (the word for “resurrection” in Greek) because of its miraculous recovery.
The dolphin was found on the coast of Damnoni, a small town near Rethymno in Crete, Greece. Volunteers from the city found the young dolphin which lay helpless and near death after it was separated from the rest of its family.
One of the people who found it, Tydeus Aeneas, along with his eight-year-old son, volunteered to spend the night at sea in order to help the dolphin stay afloat and breathe. Dolphins have to resurface almost every thirty minutes in order to get oxygen, otherwise they suffocate.
The animal recovered quickly and gained back its strength. The news of the Dolphin’s miraculous recovery was broadcasted on local news. The local Orthodox church decided to unofficially baptize the animal and give him the name Anastasis.
Anastasis was last seen swimming out in the sea and locals hope that the dolphin will be able to reunite with its family or at least find another one.

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