Distressed dolphin seeks out diver for help (VIDEOS)
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Diving in waters near Hawaii recently, a group of photographers were surprised to see a Bottlenose dolphin swim right up to them seemingly in distress.
As they discovered on the night of Jan. 11, the dolphin had a hook embedded in its mouth and fishing line wrapped around one of its pectoral fins, and it was wound so tightly that it had cut into the creature’s tissue.
Diver and photographer Martina Wing made sure her cameras were rolling when an associate took out a pocket knife and began trying to cut the line away. Amazingly, it did not resist and appeared to be communicating its need for assistance.
hen the dolphin briefly vanished, returning to the surface for air before swimming back down to the divers for more help. It even rolled over to let its new friends get a better angle on the line.
Once they freed the creature from its snare, it sped off into the darkness, leaving behind eight minutes of absolutely incredible video.
This video was aired by San Diego-based KMFB-TV on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.
Dolphins are known to be the smartest creatures of the sea. They are known to save people from drowning, and helping people from shark attacks.
Give that guy a medal for helping that Dolphin.
Hope the dolphin is doing well and roaming the ocean with his full abilities now that the fishing hook and line are gone.
Amazing... Beautiful creature. Me too, r3
It makes me angry that fishermen are so careless with their damn hooks that they end up snaring dolphins.
I don't think they were able to get the hook out, R3. Sad.
R6, if you watch the news story at the link, the diver says he got the hook out
[quote]Once they freed the creature from its snare, it sped off into the darkness
Not even a thank you? What an ungrateful bitch.
Aww, poor dolphin - I'm so glad it was smart enough to get help - they are really amazing.
What an ungrateful Negress surrogate! Why do we pay taxes on these creatures?
If only that dolphin had had a gun all of this could have been prevented.
damn, that fucker's just blown our cover
I've got to be honest. That dolphin sure is smarter and has more courage than me.
Did anyone see that dolphin doc, the cove? Where some Japanese "fishermen" lure the dolphins into a cove and murder them?
I really wanted to, but just the thought of it, really upset me.
Oh, that made me cry.
The dolphins are our friends.
Why does the reporter say at the end that the dolphin is doing fine when he has absolutely no evidence? The media is a joke.
Cool dolphin video, though.
PSA: When I went to Captain Cook in Hawaii to swim and snorkel, the beach was practically empty. There were no signs up, but there was a foreboding feeling. My friend could feel it too, like an electricity in the air.
We watched for dolphins, because the locals say to stay out of the water especially around Captain Cook if there are no dolphins (though I only remembered this when we were in the water far from shore). My friend and I swam anyway and sure enough, we drifted into thousands of jellyfish. We got out OK, but it was eleven days after the full moon I think, when different jellyfish breed in the shallows - some poisonous, some not. Dolphins stay away from shallow shore then too.
So dolphins can help even from a distance.
Wherever you see Dolphins, the safer it is to swim. It's well documented that they have saved sailers from drowning in the deep sea.
Awesomeness. Thanks for posting, OP.
Dolphins are very smart. But so are a lot of other fish. But we still look at sea creatures with childhood understanding and never seem to move beyond that. The ocean seem to be everyone free zone to kill, rape and soil with reckless abandon.
Like people who say they don't eat meat because its cruel, but fish and sushi or flipper is totally on their menu.
In Costa Rica, something like 200,000 sharks are killed each year just for their fins. The rest of the shark is thrown back to die slow death. Now they are trying to save face because of the tourist industry, but its only for show.
In China, 20,000 tons of seahorses are killed an dried up so they can be sold as a form of Viagra. That ancient bullshit dose not work bitches, Viagra dose, go gets some if you need a hard little dick. Those poor little ponies of the sea mate for life and have no defense except camouflage.
Dolphins, in Japan are forced into a cove, separated from their family, stabbed to death in the water until the cove turns blood red.
Ever watch Wale Wars? Japan signed an international treaty decades ago not to hunt wales. But there is a loophole in the law that says they can do research. So they just paint RESCEACH on their wailing ships, head down to Antarctica and kill something like 800 wales a year! How long can that last?
And when people try to stop them in a aggressive but non violent way, they call them Eco Terrorists in Japan.
Seriously, would any of you treat your cat or dog that same way? Clubbing baby kittens to death in front of the mother? Cutting off your dogs tail just to make soup?
In Greek stories and old sea stories, there are dozens of claims of dolphins helping drowning sailors, rescuing people from sharks, and making themselves useful as guides through treacherous waters. The “treacherous waters” guiding can be ascribed to the dolphin’s needing a similar water depth as many boats.
Dolphins and other cetaceans also help injured members of their family groups and newborn babies to the surface by swimming under them and nudging upward, just as some reports describe them doing with humans. Interestingly, there are some real reports of dolphins helping other cetaceans. In 1983 at Tokerau Beach, North-land, New Zealand, a pod of pilot whales ran aground during ebb-tide. The Zealanders who lived there came out and did their best to keep the whales alive, sponging their skin and calming them, until the tide came back in. But even then the whales were having trouble orienting.
Dolphins came to the rescue. Somehow, a pod of dolphins who were nearby figured out what was happening. They swam into the shallows, putting themselves at risk, and “herded” the pilot whales out to sea, saving 76 of 80 whales. Five years earlier, a similar incident had occurred at Whangarei harbor. If dolphins are smart enough and helpful enough to save other cetaceans in that manner, why not humans.
Real-Life Cases: Dolphins Saving Humans
You’ve seen it in Flipper and other popular culture stories; dolphins rescuing humans from drowning or sharks, keeping them safe from harm. But does it really happen? The answer is, surprisingly often.
Several years ago, in the Gulf of Akaba, a British tourist was rescued by three dolphins from sharks. Near the Sinai Peninsula, a ship captain had stopped his boat so several passengers could watch dolphins playing. Three of the passengers decided to swim with them, and one stayed a little longer than the others. To his horror, he was bitten by a shark – and more were coming. Suddenly, three dolphins placed themselves between the tourist and the sharks, smacking the water with tails and flippers, and drove the sharks off so the man could be rescued.
In 2004, a group of swimmers were confronted by a ten-foot great white shark off the northern coast of new Zealand. A pod of dolphins “herded” them together, circling them until the great white fled. There are several other examples from the area of Australia of similar incidences.
In another case in the Red Sea, twelve divers who were lost for thirteen and a half hours were surrounded by dolphins for the entire time, repelling the many sharks that live in the area. When a rescue boat showed up, it appeared that the dolphin pod were showing them where the divers were; they leaped up in the air in front of the rescuers, jumping toward the lost people as if to lead the boat onward – as, according to old stories, they often did with endangered ships in treacherous water.
Because we can’t talk to dolphins, we can’t really fathom what their motives are in these situations. It is, however, very possible that they are indeed trying to help and protect fellow mammals in the ocean to safety. If this is true, it means that they are the only animals, besides humans, which show true altruism.
Are giant squids our friends, too?
People keep saying they are very intelligent but what they also often prove is that they are altruistic.
Love these glorious creatures. BTW, they once showed dolphin fetuses on ultrasound and guess what? In the first few months, they look exactly like human fetuses.
R28, there was an episode of ST: TNG where Wesley fell in love with a teenage girl that was being transported to another planet to take over as its princess or something and she turned out to be a shapeshifter that was really another species.
I wonder if there are any bitchy, selfish dolphins who'd swim right past you as the sharks close in?
There is a distressed dolphin stranded in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn right now. That is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the USA. It will die soon, I'm afraid, if they can't get it out.
Attached is a link to NBC's live feed.