Get ready for your feel good story of the day! A group of Indonesian fishermen put their fishing goals aside to save a pod of twenty stranded dolphins.
The pod was stranded in shallow waters in the province of East Nusa Tenggara, and the fishermen didn’t think twice about dropping their rods to help the marine mammals who were so desperately in need of assistance.
The causes of the strandings seem to be linked to the Montara oil well explosion in Timor Sea on August 21, 2009, which has been polluting the habitats of the marine mammals ever since. “I assume that Sawu waters marine conservation and national park has been contaminated with poisonous materials from the exploded Montara oil well,” West Timor Care Foundation director and the Timor Sea pollution observer Fredi Tanoni said.
The fishermen managed to drive the pod into deep waters, but a group of forty stranded blue whales haven’t been so lucky, as locals report some of them have been dying. Unfortunately, the aftermath of the oil well explosion could continue to put the lives of marine mammals at risk in the future despite the desire of bystanders to help their finned friends.
This heartwarming and selfless rescue effort proves that in times of great need, we are all one.
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