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Dolphin Tangled in Fishing Line Approaches Divers for Help (Video)

Dolphin Tangled in Fishing Line Approaches Divers for Help (Video)

Editorís note:†This post is a†Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. It was originally posted on January 25, 2013. Enjoy!

Written by Stephen Messenger

Earlier this month, while on an nighttime swim with manta rays off the coast of Hawaii, a group of divers were surprised to see a single Bottlenose dolphin approach and linger among them, though it appeared unable to swim normally.

Only after the dolphin continued to circle near around him so insistently did diving instructor Keller Laros begin to realize the animal wasn’t merely being curious — it was actually asking them for help. The dolphin’s movements were restricted because it had become entangled in fishing line and a hook was lodged in its pectoral fin.

Incredibly, the wild dolphin then appears to readily comply with Laros’s efforts to help, positioning its body to make his work easier, seeming to give full trust in the terrestrial stranger.

Thankfully, Laros was able to remove the line and hook from the dolphin, very likely saving the animal’s life.

“I was at the right place at the right time. I am honored to share the footage with all of you.” writes Martina S. Wing, owner of the touring company Ocean Wings Hawaii, who filmed the moving rescue. “Let’s make better decisions for the ocean and the creatures that inhabit it. I strive to make a difference, and you can make one, too!”

While it’s always encouraging to hear stories of aquatic creatures saved from ocean debris, especially discarded fishing nets, lines and hooks — for every one heartwarming rescue, there are countless sad endings for marine life.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.

 

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7:46AM PST on Dec 19, 2013

Animals are smarter than we give them credit for. Sad to see what the human race is doing to wolves right now.

7:33PM PST on Dec 16, 2013

THANK YA

5:57PM PST on Dec 16, 2013

a wonderful story ....ty

11:35AM PST on Dec 16, 2013

Great Ending...HOWEVER more care.caution and penalties should be used to KEEP and INSURE marine life safe from the humans who disregard care practices....Way too many "accidents" occurring in our bodies of water!!!...

10:59PM PST on Dec 15, 2013

Inspiring footage of a humane human undoing what uncaring humans have caused. Thank you. Was the hook removed too, as well as the line? On the video it says the line was removed. In the text is states that both line and hook were removed.

9:11PM PST on Dec 15, 2013

nothing but praise from me

4:36PM PST on Dec 15, 2013

Smart animal! Ghost nets harm so many animals! Use less plastic!

3:07PM PST on Dec 15, 2013

Thankfully, this one dolphin was saved. But so many more will suffer a slow lingering death due to carelessness. Tragic.

10:22AM PST on Dec 15, 2013

From the time I was a small child, the great intelligence has informed me mystically that all is One vibration. All is sourced by it, sustained by it, whether my fellow humans can perceive this or not. Most in this society are willfully blind to the Truth & eat that which we ourselves are. We are not above, disconnected from, or allowed to interfere with the Sacred path of life whatever form the One takes. Please view this & share:

http://consciouslifenews.com/animals-could-talk/?fb_action_ids=10201505018679610&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B568278359919645%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.likes%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

8:19AM PST on Dec 15, 2013

So glad they saved him!

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