Omigod, I am never eating dolphin again! JK. Who the hell eats dolphin? No one I know. That's because we know they are so sweet and smart and cute. But this video definitively proves it, as if we needed anymore proof. You absolutely won't believe what you're seeing.
When a dolphin in the ocean waters of Hawaii became entangled in fishing line and got a hook stuck in its mouth (poor baby!), it did what any super-duper smart dolphin (unlike a guy who gets lost) does. It asked for help. And he didn't ask it from another dolphin, who wouldn't have been able to solve this particular problem. He asked it from a human.
Keller Laros was diving with a bunch of other experienced divers, watching manta rays feed, when he heard a dolphin squeal. As you can see in this amaaaaazing video, the dolphin circles the divers for awhile, but it doesn't seem to be swimming well.
Finally, the dolphin swims right up to Laros, turns around, and appears to show him the fishing line caught in his fin. Laros said: "The way he came right up and pushed himself into me, there was no question this dolphin was there for help."
Laros noticed that the fishing line had wrapped around the bottlenose dolphin's fin so tightly that it had cut into the flesh. Laros reached out and began to untangle the line as the dolphin nudges gently up against him, appearing to understand perfectly well that the human was there to help, not harm.
Luckily, Laros also had clippers on him and was able to clip away the line as well. He was also able to remove the fishing hook. Says the hero Laros: "I've had bottlenose dolphins approach me a lot of times and they are really smart animals."
Well, duh! I mean, this dolphin could be in Harvard. He could probably figure out how to make Facebook tolerable.
Unfortunately, the dolphin swam off before the divers could finish the job. But one reader commented that fishing lines are made to erode in salt water, so let's hope that happens.
What do you think of this rescue?
Image via YouTube/MantaRaysHawaii.com