Fishermen used a harness to lift a trapped dolphin out of their fishing net and free it back into the ocean.
Spanish fishermen from tuna fishery Almadraba La Azohia took over an hour to free the 200 kilogram dolphin.
Almadraba La Azohia representative Juan Paredes said: ‘Any sea animal that is not meant for commercial use is sent back to the sea.
‘Last year we had two dolphins and five manta rays trapped in the tuna fishery.’
Spanish fishermen from tuna fishery Almadraba La Azohia got into the water to help lift trapped the trapped dolphin
They eventually lifted the 200 kilogram dolphin into the air and moved it into the open water
The footage shows a dolphin being lifted very carefully in a harness with the help of some fishermen on land and two fishermen actually in the water themselves with the dolphin.
The men hold onto the harness and make sure the dolphin, who is moving around a lot, stays firmly in there.
They lift the dolphin into the air to take it over the fishing net and some fisherman give the dolphin a pat and a stroke.
Finally, after raising the net to the surface and working for over an hour, they lower the dolphin into the open sea and cheer it on as it swims away.
Some of the fisherman gave the dolphin a stroke and pat before it was let free into the sea
Juan Paredes said: ‘Dolphins along the coast sometimes stray into our tuna fishery by mistake.
‘Many of them play with the buoys and try to jump over the nets, they are the most intelligent animal in the sea.’
‘Any sea animal that is not meant for commercial use is sent back to the sea. Last year, we had two dolphins and five manta rays trapped in the tuna fishery.’
‘The best thing is when you see them swimming back to freedom and the fishermen are full of pride.’