Just a puddle to play in

The tsunami has rearranged the universe for wildlife as well as humans. Two dolphins are stuck in a small lake — a puddle really — in Thailand after being swept more than a kilometer inland by the tsunami.

“When the water retreated, the dolphins probably could not follow and swim out,” said Wiek, adding they appeared to be Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins, also known as speckled dolphins, found mainly in the Indian Ocean or western Pacific.

Scientists view the dolphins as broadly threatened by habitat loss, pollution and hunting.

“They are very rare and that is a reason to get them out and back into the sea,” Wiek said.