Distressed Dolphin Seeks Out Help From Human Divers

By Meera Dolasia on January 24, 2013

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On January 11th, professional diver and excursion expert, Keller Laros and his team did what they do every night - Lead a group of tourist divers into the ocean off the Hawaiian island of Kona, to experience the stingrays up close. While that in itself was a magical experience, what happened that night, was even more unforgettable!

Kelly says the group was just settling in to view the magnificent giant Mantas when they saw a Bottlenose dolphin swimming toward them. While that in itself was not unusual, what caught the diver's attention was the mammal's unusual squeal. As the dolphin came close and almost pushed itself onto Kelly, he realized that it was in distress, thanks to a fishing line that had entangled around it, and was asking for help!

Fortunately for the dolphin, it had picked the right humans - People that cared and more importantly, knew what to do without hurting it. Kelly manage to gently extract the fishing hook that had firmly embedded itself inside the dolphin's mouth and snip off the tightly entangled fishing line from its pectoral fins. What stunned the team the most was that the dolphin seemed to really trust them and cooperated fully with Kelly, the entire time.

The best part about this once-in-a-lifetime event is that diver and photographer Martina Wing had her cameras rolling and captured the entire event, as it unfolded. This is not the first time these poor mammals have become victims of human error - The most famous example of that of course is Winter and then there was the Orca whale off the waters of New Zealand that also had to be rescued by a diver after its tail became entangled in a crayfish buoy - And these, are just the ones that we know about. We wonder how many others have not been as lucky and perished thanks to our carelessness.

Resources: Yahoo.com, nodeju.com

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  • diamondkid
    diamondkidFriday, February 27, 2015 at 7:12 pm
    I think because they are an endangered species.
    • whalesareboss
      whalesarebossWednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:17 am
      and dolphins are awesome
      • whalesareboss
        whalesarebossWednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:16 am
        dolphins are dolphins
        • DaishaWednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:10 am
          If the dolphin stays under the water to long he will die God. Plz help the dolphin
          • shiny456Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:19 am
            a great story
            • bradyrulesWednesday, June 4, 2014 at 8:08 am
              me two
              • foxwolf124
                foxwolf124Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:14 pm
                i feel sad for that dolphin
                • super_jeep
                  super_jeepThursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm
                  • aje2351
                    aje2351Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 9:50 am
                    this is awesome
                    • klr2619
                      klr2619Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 9:43 am
                      so cute




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