man saves dolphin
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes, Science.

Dolphins may be one of the planet’s smartest creatures, but one thing they lack are opposable thumbs. However, they are clever enough to recognize that, in a pinch, they can approach humans to get help with those hard to reach spots.

In this video, a bottle nosed dolphin with limited mobility due to a hook and fishing line restricting a pectoral fin, approaches some divers for help. Diving instructor Keller Laros noticed that the dolphin was hanging around them, and that it wasn’t able to move freely. Closer inspection revealed the ocean debris lodged in the fin.

Thankfully, the dolphin not only allowed the divers to attempt to work the line and hook out of the fin, but actually shifted its body to make it easier.

The divers were able to remove the fishing line which allowed increased movement for the animal. Unfortunately, the hook was not able to be removed. Watch the remarkable video showing human and dolphin working together below.

Via TreeHugger

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Podd

    Nice vid! Worst music in the world tho

  • http://www.facebook.com/lottie.sager Lottie Sager

    Why did they leave the hook in the dolphins flesh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/susie.syrigonakis Susie Syrigonakis

    glad they got the hook and line removed!!thank you for helping this dolphin!