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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Jim Ven
Jim V3 years ago

thanks for the article.

Miriam O.

დ╮ THANK YOU for your time and for posting! ╭დ╯Nice story!!

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Cindy Jaeger
Cindy J5 years ago

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

Soda Soule
Soda Soule5 years ago


Connie O.
Connie O5 years ago

a wonderful story ....ty

scarlett g.
.5 years ago

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!!!...

Sandra Bell
Sandra Bell5 years ago

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.

Pauline F.
Pauline F5 years ago

nothing but praise from me

Kathy G.
Kathy G5 years ago

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