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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:30 PM

Dolphin Tangled in Fishing Line Approaches Divers for Help

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.




http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/dolphin-tangled-fishing-line-approaches-divers-help-video.html

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Reply Dolphin Tangled in Fishing Line Approaches Divers for Help (Original post)
liberal N proud Jan 2013 OP
tblue Jan 2013 #1
xchrom Jan 2013 #2
Baitball Blogger Jan 2013 #3
Ian Iam Jan 2013 #5
BlueStreak Jan 2013 #10
PatrynXX Jan 2013 #15
Tess49 Jan 2013 #7
Baitball Blogger Jan 2013 #8
AnneD Jan 2013 #4
Ian Iam Jan 2013 #6
Plucketeer Jan 2013 #9
DianaForRussFeingold Jan 2013 #11
SkyDaddy7 Jan 2013 #14
Shadowflash Jan 2013 #12
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #13
FailureToCommunicate Jan 2013 #16
cbayer Jan 2013 #17
mikeysnot Jan 2013 #20
cbayer Jan 2013 #21
cbayer Jan 2013 #22
mikeysnot Jan 2013 #23
Blue Owl Jan 2013 #18
AsahinaKimi Jan 2013 #19
The Jungle 1 Jan 2013 #24

Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:33 PM

1. They're so precious!

Love this story. I wish they could all be saved.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:47 PM

2. Du rec. Nt

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:54 PM

3. So, the hook remained in the dolphin?

It must be in agony.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:09 PM

5. No

 

Both the line and hook were removed, thankfully.

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Response to Ian Iam (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:44 PM

10. The video says the hookremained but the line was removed

which probably was a big improvement for the animal. I expect the hook would eventually work its way out, or at worst, the flesh would toughen around it. It was probably better to leave it in rather than to open the animal to bleeding and infection.

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:07 PM

15. either way thats cool to watch.

and why I'm rather loyal to Dolphins then whales. Always Dolphins first. in the water

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:28 PM

7. I went to the website which states that the hook was removed. Can't really tell that for certain

from this video.

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Response to Tess49 (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:42 PM

8. Thank you.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:09 PM

4. There are so many ...

anecdotal stories of dolphins saving humans. It is wonderful to return the favor.

Edited to add: this is why it seems so cruel to slaughter them.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:10 PM

6. They're better than us

 

All animals are. We are a cancer upon the planet.

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Response to Ian Iam (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:42 PM

9. We're just another branch

of the tree of life. We may well inflict wholesale havoc on the other branches and thereby take our own branch down along with theirs. But as has happened before - life will re-emerge from the aftermath. And in that next staging, life might be lucky enough not to reinvent a specieal branch that develops a brain such as ours. Subsequent events of extinction will likely be due to natural causes. Of course, one CAN argue that the emergence of our species IS a natural cause for extinction as well. That assessment only perceived otherwise by our flawed judgement. The general consensus of the universe may be that what's happening on Earth is just what usually happens when a self-aware life form rises to prominence and then takes its environment down with it. It may well have happened many times before and likely will keep on happening wherever such creatures evolve!

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Response to Ian Iam (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:47 PM

11. Oh, come on...Maybe, you need to watch the video again




Maybe you need work on renewing your faith in humanity..
"heroic work of a dozen bystanders who pulled a man from beneath a burning car"

"A school of dolphins gets stuck on the beach in Brazil and they get rescued by a group of upstanding citizens."


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Response to DianaForRussFeingold (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:53 PM

14. I totally agree!!

We humans are causing a lot of harm to nature but we also do a lot of good...I have faith in humanity & I think science will win out in the long run.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:54 PM

12. VERY cool!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:43 PM

13. oh now I'm crying.....

Sweet dolphin. So glad there's a happy ending here.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:08 PM

16. Amazing. Talk about 'now, hold still while I cut...'

(Oh, and could you hear the other dolphins in the the distance singing ?)

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:14 PM

17. They are truly amazing. They will also approach humans in need of help.

Right now, we have a baby seal that has climbed into our dinghy. It appears sick, or at least very, very sad. We almost never see babies not accompanied by their mothers, so wonder if it has become abandoned somehow.

Quite a dilemma, as we are not allowed to touch or disturb him and wouldn't know what to do anyway, but he can't stay where he is.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #17)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:49 PM

20. Call the number in the video...

ask them or report it to them...

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Response to mikeysnot (Reply #20)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:02 PM

21. We have contacted NOAA and other authorities in the past about animals and ran into walls of

bureaucracy and a "not our problem" attitude.

We have contacted someone locally who apparently has been give some kind of credentials to intervene. Unfortunately she is not immediately available, but should be back later today.

Meanwhile, we are keeping an eye on the poor little thing. He really looks sick and flies are crawling on him. I don't know if that's even normal or not.

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Response to mikeysnot (Reply #20)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 05:00 PM

22. Update. We were able to contact someone with some authority and experience.

He said to just leave him alone for now and keep him updated. He suspects that he has lost his mother one way or another and is just looking for a place to warm up.

My husband just took him for a dinghy ride, which he seemed to enjoy! I told him, "You can't keep him!"

Apparently they will come get him and take him somewhere if he doesn't get out to eat or begins to look really ill. In the meantime, we are trying hard not to bond.

But he just keeps looking at us with those big, human looking eyes.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #22)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 05:35 PM

23. Great!

I hope he finds his momma. They are cute as hell, saw a live birth of a harbor seal at the Zoo when I was in college.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:21 PM

18. Poor baby -- props to the Scuba Heroes!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:33 PM

19. cetaceans are such wonderful creatures..

I have heard so many amazing stories about them.. they truly are intelligent and wondrous.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:18 PM

24. Cool

That is the best video I have seen is a long time. The dolphin is clearly communicating. He is swimming up and saying hey this is your crap on my fin now get it off me. Please.
No wild animal turns over on their back and presents their belly. There was a lot of trust there.
Just after the diver cuts the line off the dolphin shakes the fin. Ahhhh that feels so good.
Great stuff.

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