Being in the business of reporting ocean news we are often confronted with stories of marine mammals meeting an unnatural end, wrapped in fishing nets or succumbing to ocean plastic pollution. Our recent post on the Endangered Vaquita Porpoise of the Sea of Cortez is an example, so it is with profound pleasure that I can pass along a great story that has a happy ending and once again indicates how smart dolphins are. (photo – National Geographic Kids)
In 2013 in Garden Eel Cove off Kona, Hawaii, during a night dive, several scuba divers were approached by a wild bottlenose dolphin that was obviously in distress. Fortunately for us, one of the divers had an underwater video camera and lights with which he recorded the following extraordinary encounter.
Dolphin Meets Diver in Extraordinary Encounter
A fishing hook was caught in the dolphin’s body and the fishing line was wrapped around it’s pectoral fin and into its mouth. Fortunate, for the dolphin the other diver, Keller Laros, was prepared and had a knife with which he tenderly removed the hook. What is very special about this encounter is the wild dolphin repeatedly returned to the diver, hovering within inches, exposing his stomach and fin to the diver and patiently waited for the diver to unwind the fishing line, a process that took several minutes to accomplish.
Video goes Viral
Once the dolphin was sure that the diver had completed his surgery it was time to leave, but surely the moment was imprinted on the memory of both divers and dolphin as it is on all of the nearly 9 million viewers who have been fortunate to watch this event.
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