Did you see this video last year? It was a rare dolphin encounter in Hawaii, at the famous manta dive site, where a diver helps remove the fishing line entangled in the dolphins fin and mouth!
This shows what pain us humans – or our fishing practices – can cause wildlife but it’s also a poignant reminder of the good we can do. It seems incredible that this dolphin knew to come to this group of divers to ‘ask for help’ and that it understood when it was in a safe environment, or is it just further proof if the level of intelligence and understanding in these beautiful creatures?
What a shame to think of the many dolphins right now in danger in Taiji, Japan – and elsewhere, including aquariums around the world – being torn apart from their families and either killed at The Cove or sent to spend their limited life in captivity. Surely that’s no life for such an intelligent creature?
If you haven’t see the documentary The Cove (although it’s hard to imagine anyone who’s totally ignorant of the film) then try to sit through it – even though its hard to watch – and share the story with others until the practice ends; www.thecovemovie.com
On a brighter note, did you hear in the news last year that India had passed new laws – and fingers crossed other countries will follow suit – to re-categorize Cetaceans (dolphins, whales, porpoises) as non- human persons!