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Injured dolphin seeks help from divers

Posted on Sunday, 27 January, 2013 | Comment icon 13 comments | News tip by: ExpandMyMind


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Divers in Hawaii had an unexpected visitor in the form of a dolphin tangled up in a fishing line.

In a rare and breathtaking example of dolphin intelligence, divers were amazed when a dolphin approached them and appeared to ask for assistance in removing the fishing line it had become tangled up in. Positioning itself in a way that provided the best access to the divers, the dolphin waited while the men carefully removed the fishing line before calmly swimming away.

Dolphins have long been considered one of the most intelligent non-human species on the planet and are thought to possess a level of intelligence similar to that of a 3-year-old child.

"A group of divers had an experience to remember when an injured dolphin swam up to them in desperate need of assistance."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Yamato on 27 January, 2013, 4:41
It goes to show how intelligent these sentient creatures really are, actually exhibiting an awareness of our own intelligence (and even more amazing, an awareness of our manual dexterity!).
Comment icon #5 Posted by glorybebe on 27 January, 2013, 5:56
That is amazing!
Comment icon #6 Posted by ashven on 27 January, 2013, 15:58
Considering it probably knew it was a man that caused it in the first place it was very trusting of the dolphin but maybe they know the men in the water are ok and above the water are the dangeroue one's,who knows?
Comment icon #7 Posted by laver on 27 January, 2013, 21:27
Lovely creatures that deserve more protection from humans
Comment icon #8 Posted by rangerdude on 28 January, 2013, 3:04
This reminds me of something I observed at a dolphin exhibit in San Diego. This little kid about three years old was having a staring contest with a young dolphin through the transparent wall of the tank. The dolphin actually stood up on his rear flipper and used his front flippers to lean against the tank in a standing position. Both dolphin and child were mutually fascinated with each other. A few adults tried to distract the dolphin. But the dolphin would not avert his gaze from the child. This went on for 5 minutes. I wish I had a camera. Amazing and very human-like!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Cherry- on 30 January, 2013, 17:32
Good to know there is mercy
Comment icon #10 Posted by Mistydawn on 31 January, 2013, 16:23
My head hurts. We shop in the supermarkets for for humanely farmed animal and sea-creatures to eat and yet when one needs help, we help. A dophin with a fish hook, because it is sentinent we help. A makerel that is hooked, because we have a sustainable farming practice in place, we let die and eat. If I were an animal, fish or other I would not ever be-able to understand the human race.
Comment icon #11 Posted by thewild on 1 February, 2013, 16:56
Aww. That was fantastic footage!
Comment icon #12 Posted by iDOLL on 2 February, 2013, 2:40
Nice to see things like that once in awhile.
Comment icon #13 Posted by seeder on 2 October, 2013, 19:05
On a night-time dive near Hawaii, 2 divers were found by a bottlenose dolphin and started to swim around them over and over again. When looking closer, one of them discovered the reason for this strange behavior - the dolphin had a fishing line hooked around it, hindering its ability to swim. They cut him free, and the dolphin swam away, relieved. The fact that a dolphin would come to humans for help is once again evidence of its amazing intelligence, as most injured animals would never come close to a human and would actually be aggressive and defensive. http://www.ba-bamail.com//View.aspx?em... [More]


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