This heartwarmng video, which has now gone viral (people love stories like this, especially in trouble times), was sent to me by several readers and mentioned by one commenter.
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.
Once they freed the creature from its snare, it sped off into the darkness, leaving behind eight minutes of absolutely incredible video.
At the Raw Story link above you can see television interviews with the divers and woman who made the video.
What do you think? Was the dolphin asking for help? Or was it only tolerating help from the divers? Or did it even know it was being helped? It certainly seemed friendly and gregarious for a while dolphin, but maybe they’re all like that.
The important thing, of course, is that it was saved, but the virulence of the video (is that the right word?) comes from anthropomorphizing: people would like to think that the creature actually knew that the divers could help it.