A baby dolphin was rescued in Japan after being dumped in a rice field by a giant tsunami that hit the coast on 11 March. Taira found the dolphin struggling in the shallow seawater and waded in to the field to cradle the weak 1.2-metre animal in his arms. It was then wrapped in wet towels and taken back to the sea where it was set free. The dolphin appeared to perk up when it was back in the Pacific. ‘I dont know if it will live, but it’s certainly a lot better than dying in a rice paddy,’ Taira told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.