Dolphins Help Save Dog from Drowning

On Marco Island, Florida a group of dolphins came to the aid of a lost Doberman that had fallen into a canal and couldn’t get out. The dolphins made so much noise, it attracted the attention of people living nearby, who then rescued the dog. The Doberman was believed to have spent 15 hours in the canal water before he was pulled out by fire personnel and reunited with his owner.

One of the people whose attention was captured by the noisy, demonstrative dolphins said, “They were really putting up a ruckus, almost beaching themselves on the sandbar over there. If it wasn’t for the dolphin, I would have never seen the dog.” (Source: ABC7news) He said also if the dolphins hadn’t persisted enough to get their attention, they dog would have died in the canal. The dog had fallen over the edge of a concrete wall down into the water far enough that it had no chance of getting back up by itself. The dog was exhausted from being in the cold water for hours, and most likely suffering from hypothermia.

Dolphins have been known to sometimes help stranded or injured people as well. In 2007, a pod of dolphins formed a ring around a surfer who was injured and bleeding after being bitten by a Great White shark. The surfer survived because they prevented further bites. No one knows exactly why dolphins have intervened in such emergency situations, and helped save the lives of other species. Suffice to say they are capable of empathy and heroic actions.

Image Credit: ArizonaLincoln

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Laura R.
Laura R4 years ago

great story! dolphins are so amazing, and there are so many stories of them savin humans - and now dogs too! They are real heroes.

Nancy Hatcher
Nancy Hatcher4 years ago

Very lucky dobbie! Aren't dolphins amazing?

Elizabeth Sowers
Liz Sowers4 years ago

Wonderful story. Very interesting how dolphins come to the aid of other species.

Kayleigh Harter
Kayleigh Harter4 years ago

Cool story, but I can't believe the dog's owner wasn't paying more attention as to the whereabouts of his/her pet. The dog was in the water for 15 hours; how did the owner not realize their dog was missing?

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga4 years ago


Pat A.
P A4 years ago

Dolphins (whilst occasionally not perfect) can exhibit such a great degree of caring and altruism to other species that they always touch my heart - we should not let people mistreat them in zoos or with sonar blasts or underwater mining.

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Ajla C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Sta reci,bez teksta sam.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Laura C.
Laura C5 years ago

Stories like this one are a breath of fresh air. Thank you for sharing it. The dolphins showed more compassion than the dog's owner, who seemed to be indifferent to his missing dog.