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Video: Dolphins Help Stranded Seal Pup Swim to Safety

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A video shows a pod of dolphins appearing just in time to rescue a baby seal from being washed ashore.

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Pat B (356)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 9:09 am
From the article: (So glad that the dolphins helped this little baby seal.!! ;-)
A video shows a pod of dolphins appearing just in time to rescue a baby seal from being washed ashore. The seal had become separated from its group and appeared unable to resist strong ocean currents driving it away from deep waters to the shoreline.

It seemed all hope was lost when a pod of bottlenose dolphins emerged from the blue haze of the ocean and rescued the seal pup from peril.

According to the Daily Mail, the video was captured by a Canadian film crew shooting a documentary series entitled "Return to Shark Island," for nature channel Oasis HD. It shows the pod of dolphins swimming up to the weakened pup and giving it much needed assistance by nudging it to safety.

Incidents of what appear "altruistic behavior" from the human perspective have been recorded on several occasions among dolphins and other higher social animals beside humans. The Daily Mail reports that Lori Marino, a neuroscientist and senior lecturer at the department of psychology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, who specializes in dolphin behavior told the Associated Press that dolphins exhibit patterns of intelligent behavior and communication in social life as apes, monkeys and humans.

According to The Huffington Post, she said: "The more you learn about them, the more you realize that they do have the capacity and characteristics that we think of when we think of a person."

Dolphins are known to help injured members of their pod, animals of other species, including humans.

The Daily Mail reports that in November 2004, a report from New Zealand said four lifeguards, swimming 330 feet off the Australian coast near Whangarei, were rescued by a pod of dolphins after they came perilously close to being attacked by sharks.
The dolphins reportedly formed a barrier between the swimmers and the sharks for 40 minutes, allowing the swimmers to return to shore safely.

The Huffington Post also reports that In 2008, a bottlenose dolphin named Moko, helped rescuers lead two sperm whales, a mother and her calf, stranded on sandbar back to sea.

According to The Huffington Post, Juanita Symes told the Associated Press: "Moko just came flying through the water and pushed in between us and the whales. She got them to head toward the hill, where the channel is. It was an amazing experience."


Nicole W (646)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 9:26 am
You cannot currently send a star to Gran because you have done so within the last week. ~ I needed this!

Barb K (1688)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 9:49 am
Dolphins are extremely intelligent! I consider dolphins Ocean's Angels! I absolutely loved this video! Thank you so much for posting Pat! I will fwd!

Barbara K (60)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 10:09 am
Dolphins are so smart and so gentle. They are like Angels of the Sea. I'm so glad they helped the poor struggling seal. Thanks for the post, Sweetie, adorable video.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 10:33 am
great post--ty

Carol K (45)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 12:33 pm
A little help can go a long way! Wonderful vid. so delighted you posted Pat, thanks for forwarding Barb! Love and hugs to you all! Carol x

. (1)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 1:01 pm
Great post Pat. Thank you.

Catherine Turley (192)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 1:06 pm
great video. thanks pat and barb for the forward.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 2:38 pm

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 2:39 pm
Loved the video and article, thank you Pat and Barb for forwarding.
Dolphins display behavior and communication so similar to humans. Not only do they help other mammals of the sea, they help and seem to love dogs, and also have helped humans. I love what Barb calls them "Angels of the Sea".

Ann L (15)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 4:27 pm
Dolphins are so intelligent. and beautiful. Sometimes they put man to shame,
with their ability to look past different species, and just help. Great video Barb.
Thanks for the post.

Julia R (296)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 4:44 pm
Amazing article and video! Dolphins show a real capacity for empathy or the ability to be able to be able to understand and share the feelings of others! This isn't a trait that is just unique to humans- dolphins, other primates, elephants, pigs, dogs, cats and other animals too have shown this capacity to show concern and care about others! Thank you Gran for this beautiful post!

gabriela v (172)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 11:16 pm
Thank you.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 1:46 am
I love Dolphins! They are so smart! Almost humanistic! When they can sense the danger this little seal was in and take action right away that says something! Thanks!!

Danuta W (1249)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 3:49 am

Carol H (229)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 4:29 am
loved the video, noted and enjoyed!! thanks Gran and Barb!!!

Joy W (103)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 6:23 am
Angels in disguise .. Thanks for sharing BarbCat.

Carmen S (611)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 7:20 am
Thanks Pat for sharing this beautiful story and video, dolphins are truly amazing animals.

Sandi C (98)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 8:21 am
I love videos like this, restores my faith!

Christeen A (369)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:10 am
This story touched my heart deeply. Thank you.

Carol Bischoff (409)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:36 am
Great post. Thankyou.

Cheryl B (64)
Monday February 11, 2013, 5:23 pm

Bianca D (87)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 6:07 am
One marine species helping another... We could take a page from that book! Thanks Gran Pat!

Beth M (138)
Monday February 25, 2013, 2:33 pm
Amazing video. Humans should be so kind.
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