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Crews fail again to save six stranded dolphins in New Brunswick

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WATCH ABOVE: Rescuers tried to rescue 6 young dolphins trapped in shallow water near shore in the harbor in Lameque, N.B. Wednesday. Global’s Paul Cormier reports – Oct 5, 2016

Animal rescue crews are considering other plans after another failed attempt to herd six stranded dolphins out of a shallow waterway in northern New Brunswick.

Federal fisheries department spokeswoman Krista Petersen says three boats attempted to encourage the dolphins into the open ocean on Wednesday morning, but the pod turned back.

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It’s been roughly one week since seven dolphins became stranded near Lameque, with one dying two days later.

To escape, the dolphins would have to swim through an area that’s only about a metre deep at high tide, and dolphins don’t like shallow water.

Officials say it’s unclear why the dolphins got themselves stranded.

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Atlantic white-sided dolphins are common in Atlantic Canada.

They can reach 10 feet in length and 500 pounds.

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