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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:49 PM

Distressed dolphin seeks out diver for help

Distressed dolphin seeks out diver for help
By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 15:05 EST

Diving in waters near Hawaii recently, a group of photographers were surprised to see a Bottlenose dolphin swim right up to them seemingly in distress.

As they discovered on the night of Jan. 11, the dolphin had a hook embedded in its mouth and fishing line wrapped around one of its pectoral fins, and it was wound so tightly that it had cut into the creature’s tissue.

Diver and photographer Martina Wing made sure her cameras were rolling when an associate took out a pocket knife and began trying to cut the line away. Amazingly, it did not resist and appeared to be communicating its need for assistance.

Then the dolphin briefly vanished, returning to the surface for air before swimming back down to the divers for more help. It even rolled over to let its new friends get a better angle on the line.

Video at link:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/23/distressed-dolphin-seeks-out-diver-for-help/

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Reply Distressed dolphin seeks out diver for help (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jan 2013 OP
elleng Jan 2013 #1
LisaLynne Jan 2013 #6
WorseBeforeBetter Jan 2013 #27
nilram Jan 2013 #36
malaise Jan 2013 #2
Smilo Jan 2013 #3
Hugabear Jan 2013 #4
Lizzie Poppet Jan 2013 #7
TrogL Jan 2013 #18
pansypoo53219 Jan 2013 #31
Egalitarian Thug Jan 2013 #22
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Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #5
Beringia Jan 2013 #8
cali Jan 2013 #9
Mika Jan 2013 #10
ellie Jan 2013 #11
Blue Owl Jan 2013 #12
Go Vols Jan 2013 #13
Octafish Jan 2013 #14
ProfessionalLeftist Jan 2013 #15
lovuian Jan 2013 #16
flamingdem Jan 2013 #17
1620rock Jan 2013 #19
Whovian Jan 2013 #20
onethatcares Jan 2013 #29
ohheckyeah Jan 2013 #37
tblue37 Jan 2013 #28
jberryhill Jan 2013 #30
nc4bo Jan 2013 #21
joeybee12 Jan 2013 #23
TheMadMonk Jan 2013 #26
ISW Jan 2013 #24
Hekate Jan 2013 #25
nick of time Jan 2013 #32
catbyte Jan 2013 #33
stuntcat Jan 2013 #34
farminator3000 Jan 2013 #35
mokawanis Jan 2013 #38
lonestarnot Jan 2013 #39
UtahLib Jan 2013 #40

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:55 PM

1. Great story, eh? Posted yesterday:

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:03 PM

6. I missed it, so I'm glad I saw it this time and had a chance to ...

see it.

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 06:32 PM

27. Yeah, I missed it too. Glad it was re-posted! (n/t)

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 11:32 PM

36. awesome it was posted today, I missed yesterday's.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:57 PM

2. Awwwwwwwwwwww!

Rec

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:59 PM

3. Lovely - Sometimes I really love my fellow humans

Swim little dolphin, swim away

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:00 PM

4. Rush Limbaugh doesn't believe in animal intelligence

I remember many years ago, I just happened to catch him blathering on and on about how animals did not possess any intelligence, that anything they did was pure instinct.

I think it's safe to say that many animals have more intelligence than Rushboy and his teabagger friends.

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Response to Hugabear (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:07 PM

7. He's just jealous.

Flipper probably kicked his ass at Jeopardy...

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Response to Hugabear (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 05:06 PM

18. A dog cannot instinctively know another dog's name and act on it

One of my dogs is a bit of a sleepy head so I have to send one of the others to fetch it for its morning treat.

In the evening I let them finish the wet cat food that doesn't get finished so it doesn't turn. I call each dog by name to get their portion out of my hand. There are always three portions. The last one is always out of the bowl. The last dog to be fed approaches the bowl, not my hand, meaning they can count.

Somebody once said, if you don't think dogs can count, show a dog 5 treats, put them in your pocket, then give the dog four.

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Response to TrogL (Reply #18)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:25 PM

31. my cat is now on 2 pills daily. i was using treats to lure him. i was trying to teach him numbers.

i do think he figured out it was more than 1.

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Response to Hugabear (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 05:39 PM

22. I do not believe in Limpball's intelligence.

 

Anyone that spends time with animals, working with them or even just paying attention to them, knows that they do have "intelligence", that is of course, assuming that they have the intelligence to recognize it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:03 PM

5. .

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:09 PM

8. Kudos to the divers for helping

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:10 PM

9. good little human.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:13 PM

10. Kindness heals wounds.

Kindness is but another name for love, and when we put love into the world we have brought heaven near by, for wherever there is kindness there is heaven.

MARTHA A. BORTLE



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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:15 PM

11. Geez dolphin.

He's nice.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:16 PM

12. Scuba Heroes

Thanks to those divers!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:20 PM

13. very cool

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:21 PM

14. Incredible intelligence who could teach humans many, many lessons on compassion.

Remember the little boy who was mistakenly attacked by a Killer Whale in Alaska?



Boy's orca encounter short, scary

Whale researchers say it was highly unusual for a killer whale to bump a 12-year-old boy splashing in shallow water near Ketchikan. Ellis Miller found himself...

By The Associated Press

KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Whale researchers say it was highly unusual for a killer whale to bump a 12-year-old boy splashing in shallow water near Ketchikan.

Ellis Miller found himself face-to-face with an orca charging at him in 4 feet of water Saturday in Helm Bay. The animal, estimated to be more than 25 feet long, bumped but did not bite him.

"I looked underwater and there was this huge head right in front of me," Ellis told the Ketchikan Daily News.

SNIP...

The whale bumped Ellis on the left side of his chest and shoulder, then arched around him.

"Ellis was in the middle, and he was totally surrounded," Kathy Arntzen said.

She reached forward and grabbed Ellis as the pressure wave caused by the whale's rapid advance swept them toward the beach.

"Within a second we were on the shore," Kathy said. "We got out fast."

The episode lasted about five seconds, they said.

As the orca returned to deeper water, six more killer whales surfaced near the beach.

They swam along the beach for 100 yards or so and then returned. They swam back and forth several times. On the last pass, the largest orca rolled onto its side, raised a pectoral fin and smacked the water about five times. Then it hit the water with its tail. The other whales followed in a line and began doing the same.

"It was like the whole bay was boiling at this point," Kathy Arntzen said. "They were up and down and making noise. ... It was like they were signaling us."

CONTINUED...

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2002445380_orca19m.html



Wish humans were as intelligent.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:23 PM

15. Dolphins are very intelligent. I think most animals & mammals are...

....just because humans don't understand them, many assume they're stupid. But I'll never believe it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:28 PM

16. Awesome

Loved it

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:32 PM

17. That is such a hopeful story

I wonder if Dolphins are becoming more self aware and evolving to be more able or willing to reach out to humans, now we need to evolve to keep up!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 05:18 PM

19. Were they able to remove the hook from the dolphin's mouth? I hope so.

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Response to 1620rock (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 05:36 PM

20. I don't believe so here's the 8 minute video.

 

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Response to Whovian (Reply #20)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 06:38 PM

29. wow, those divers just experienced a

moment in time that will never leave them, the dolphin as well.

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Response to Whovian (Reply #20)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 11:51 PM

37. There was a note added that the hook was removed as well. n/t

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Response to 1620rock (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 06:34 PM

28. No--just the line. At the end of the video the

text says the hook remains in the dolphin's flesh, but free of the line tangled around his fin, he can swim more freely.

Too bad about the hook.

The poor thing was obviously nervous about approaching the divers. He thought about it and hesitated a few times before finally getting up the courage to do so.

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Response to 1620rock (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:15 PM

30. You never know


Some people like 'em too....

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 05:36 PM

21. Well watching that just took away all the icky negative feelings I had built up today!! Thanks.nm

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 05:41 PM

23. And these are the creatures we kill in tuna nets still...

God help us when we die and have to meet our Maker and its a Dolphin!

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #23)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 06:31 PM

26. And like us, they're also scheming pack rapists, racists and...

 

...wanton thrill killers.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 06:16 PM

24. Fantastic!!!!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 06:24 PM

25. That is just awe-inspiring

Thank you for posting it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:26 PM

32. What an amazing story.

 

When I see stories like this, it renews my faith in humankind.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:27 PM

33. Those rays were pretty freaking cool too

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 09:15 PM

34. This is so beautiful!



TY for posting it!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 09:17 PM

35. "certain bottlenose dolphins in Brazil are helping fishermen with their catches."

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:00 AM

38. Incredible. Thanks for posting. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:16 AM

39. Fanfuckingtastic that!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:18 AM

40. Animals gift us with one learning experience after another, but will we ever learn? N/T

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