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Dolphin Seeks Help from a Diver in Hawaii!

Updated on June 19, 2013

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A Bottlenose Dolphin breaches as it joyfully cavorts in a boat's bowwave.
A Bottlenose Dolphin breaches as it joyfully cavorts in a boat's bowwave. | Source

A rare moment of trust between man and his fellows

In a magical and unforgettable few minutes of filming, shown on the UK news channels and - I am sure - all over the world communication between man and a wild creature was brought into our living rooms.

A Bottle-Nosed Dolphin in seas off Hawaii had its fin entangled in wire, or tough fishing line, to the extent that the mammal was crippled and obviously in pain. It swam slowly up to a diver and rolled over so he saw what the problem was then waited swimming in place, while he cut the wire away with what looked like some sort of combination knife/pliers (the web will have more details I am sure). The large, 7-foot, dolphin helped by keeping the fin area within the divers reach. It appeared the helper’s hands were shaking as he completed this difficult rescue, as the wire seemed to be embedded to an extent in the fin.

After perhaps 3 or 5 minutes, he seemed to have all or most of the impediment removed and the dolphin swam slowly away.

What incredible trust the dolphin displayed and such intelligence to reason that man was the only solution to its woes and could perhaps remove the tearing wire!

I was absolutely transfixed by this moment on film. I desperately want to believe it was real and not some staged act for the voracious beast that is network news. It does seem strange that a photographer, a German woman, was right there and able to get all this on film in such a clear manner.

We (me) seem to have lost the ability to trust - to take anything at face value any more. So much we see in newspapers and on the screen is lies and misinformation; every word designed to better the bottom line of money and power for special interests.

What a world it would be if the lion did, indeed, lie down with the lamb and humans were able to communicate with the other creatures. Especially the ’higher’ creatures like whales, dolphins and the great apes. Wild animals have been born fearing mankind ever since the first Homo sapiens picked up a rock or sharpened a stick to kill for the pot. In the main, they do not retaliate except from fear, and few see us as prey - perhaps the crocodiles are one exception, but even that is doubtful…bacteria and viruses, of course, are a given.

That whales even allow us into the same bays with them is a miracle after the years of horrific slaughter. Dolphins, too, might associate us with the thousands they loose every year to “catch-all” fishing nets, although man rarely hurts or kills them in high numbers except by accident.

We mustn’t forget the bravery shown by the diver in the clip (his hands were really shaking), dolphins are savage predators to the fish they prey on and have a lot of very sharp teeth. But although the removal of the cruel wire must have caused the creatures pain, much less than exhibit aggression, it did no even wince as the diver pushed and pulled, levering the wire apart from the mammal’s flesh in order to get his small cutter around the material and cut it away.

I won’t be able to publish photos of the protagonists in the incident as they will be hotly copyrighted and will no doubt make a lot of money to the photographer. But I am sure it will be on videos by now for you to see and marvel as I did.

Please don’t let this magical moment be a fake.


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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Such an amazing story. Dolphins are incredible creatures and the is yet another story that confirm their intelligence. Awesome hub diogenes!

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      How amazing!

      I hadn't seen this so I just found and watched it.

      Simply brilliant.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      There are many ancient tales of dolphins communicating with people and helping people. They have been proven to be as smart as humans.

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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Thanks Dolores, SG Brown and JM Suzanne.

      As their territory gets swallowed by man's proliferation they have to try and adapt or join the millions already extinct due to thoughtless man.

      I see dolphins as being as smart as us but so content with their lives in the sea they have never needed to communicate. Maybe one day we will really be able to communicate with wild creatures who I am sure many of which have distinct languages.


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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      I find that more and more animals are adapting to life with humans, which is not necessarily a good thing, but I guess they do what they must to survive. When I was a child, we had abundant box turtles and toads in North Texas. They were very wild and could not really be kept successfully as pets. Today, these creatures are rare, and the ones you do see seem curious about humans. Box turtles in my yard will eat in front of me. In the summer, toads steal food from the cat food dish while I sit on the step and watch in plain view. I can even toss them bits of cat food, which they snatch out of the air with their tongues. When I was a child, this very same type of toad would not eat anything but live food.

      Touching and interesting! Voted up and awesome! :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I Googled, "dolphin seeks help from diver" and found the video. It's awesome to watch and does give more details about why the divers were there. It's a good video and I am so glad you posted this hub or I would probably never have seen it!

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Oh foo, I thought you'd have posted a video. What a story, you have me intrigued. The thing that gets me is how smart that dolphin was. How did he know the guy could help? How did he associate a man with sharp tools? Amazing!

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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico


      Thanks for warm comment; I love stories like these, too; it has not been refuted so i guess the acount was factual.


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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I had not heard of this story, but loved what you posted here. I would really like to see the film of it. I will have to try to find it. I too hope that it is real! It would be so wonderful if man and animals could live side by side in peace and compatibility! Wonderful hub, I really enjoyed it! Voting up and awesome. :)

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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Thanks Tilly/ Despite all man has done with insecticides and all, we have never caused one insect species to become extinct! They laugh at us and the world will soon recover from our ravages when we soon depart.


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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      How nice of you to say we are "quirky" Bob, when in many instances man is just downright selfish and cruel. This beautiful story shows, as you said, man and beast can get along. If only all men could understand that. If we were able to treat all animals in similar fashion to the way we treat our pets, Oh what a world! Thanks for this great story.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Missy sweetie...Animals understand body language better than we do, too. Even simple creatures like spiders understand if your intentions are aggressive or benign, (spider sense). We don't generally bother enough to understand our pets. My budgies and I, for example, have quite long conversations!

      Not quite dead yet, dear, thanks for asking...y tu?

      Bob xoox

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Interesting story. You may note that animals actually do understand us in many cases (language), but it is we superior humans who do not understand them. What does that tell you? We like to think animals don't communicate because they can't speak like humans. I know from growing up on a farm and from observing wild life that animals do understand a lot more than we give them credit for.

      Hope you are well Bobby. oxo

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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Thanks again all for comments. It would seem animals with large brains perhaps understand us better than we think and are aware of our abilities to help them as well as cause pain and death. They may see us as what we are - quirky - and cannot fully trust us for that reason. Look at the emotion and love our dogs show us, and they are nowhere near as intelligent as dolphins. We might think they are not interested in us, but they have their own lives and their own way to communicate. I am just sure much understanding goes on without the need of vocal communication...there have been many instances of wild creatures turning to man for help and sustenance.


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      StricktlyDating 4 years ago from Australia

      What an amazing story! I never saw this on the news so I'm so glad you shared it here! Wonderful!

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I saw that too, sholland10!

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Bob, I finally saw the footage on a news show last night. They were interviewing the diver who helped the dolphin. I think it is true!! :D

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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Thanks all for commenting on this simple hub


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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This may be an odd thing to say, Bob, but I trust the dolphins and the whales far more than the media. This story is believable…and I want to believe it. There is so much we can learn from these beautiful creatures. I truly enjoyed this wonderful hub, Bob! Thank you. Up +++.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub and nice report. I love dolphin and I hope I can see this animal in person. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!


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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I believed this story the minute I heard about it. When I did see it on TV I had to call my husband to come and look. Animals do amazing things.

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      Braydon Moore 4 years ago from Canada

      Wow its really nice news and i really love it because i am so happy that man and animals can understand each others.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Oh Bob, I hope it is true, too. The news media puts so much of their own spin on what they put on the air that we have become cynical viewers.

      This is an amazing story. Dolphins are extremely intelligent creatures, so I do not doubt that one would seek out help.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

      Great hub! I saw this on the news and it was so touching. I love this kind of story and you did it justice. Great job, I enjoyed your take on it very much.

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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Thanks for visit all...I hope this small piece impelled you to see the amazing video.


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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you Bob! I didn't see this before! How cool is that?! Very and I like how you added the guys hands were shaking...I can only imagine that would happen!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      What an amazing story and great hub subject to write about no doubt!

      Thank you for sharing this amazing story here.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wasn't that something? Wow!

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      Lela 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I saw this on the news and it just made my day! I love dolphins and hate that get entangled in fishing line. It must hurt a lot. Like a human entangled in barbed wire.

      How great is it that the dolphin trusted the human!

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      Bob, thanks for writing this awesome hub. I saw a brief announcement that the news channel I was watching was going to show this sometime in the next hour. But, I had an appointment and could not stay to watch it. This was a very awesome event, and I have no doubt the divers hands were shaking.

      I have heard tales of dolphins saving drowning swimmers, but have no facts to prove if this is true.

      Thanks for sharing this nice piece of news.