Dolphin Tangled in Fishing Line Approaches Divers for Help

Every year discarded fishing nets, lines and hooks take the lives of thousands of aquatic creatures. Infections can set in from deep cuts or animals such as whales and dolphins can actually drown by not being able to rise to the ocean's surface to breathe.

Earlier this month, a group of divers were on a nighttime swim with some manta rays off the coast of Hawaii. They were surprised to see a single Bottlenose dolphin approach and linger among them. They soon realized that the dolphin was unable to swim normally.

But it was only after the dolphin continued to circle near him so insistently that diving instructor Keller Laros begin to realize the animal was being more than curious. He realized that the dolphin was actually asking them for help. Upon a closer look he saw that the dolphin's movements were restricted because it had become entangled in fishing line and a hook was lodged in its pectoral fin which was causing the dolphin much pain.

What was even more amazing is that the wild dolphin then appeared to readily comply with Laros's efforts to help. The dolphin positioned its body to make Laro's work easier and seemed to put his total trust in this human stranger.

According to Martina S. Wing, owner of the touring company Ocean Wings Hawaii, who had filmed the moving rescue, "I was at the right place at the right time. I am honored to share the footage with all of you. Let's make better decisions for the ocean and the creatures that inhabit it. I strive to make a difference, and you can make one, too!"

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Responses to "Injured wild dolphin approaches divers for help (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    BLESS you all for removing the fishing line from this creature. He sought you out knowing you would help him/her and you did an awesome job! I believe dolphins are much smarter than any of us realize! Thank you so much for offering your assistance to a creature in need of your help!!! I'm so humbled and awed by this act of kindness.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Bless you all. God put you or the dolphin in the right place at the right time. Thank you for helping this beautiful creature!

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is an amazing story!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Awww this is amazing......The dolphin knew they would help him.Good on them helping the dolphin.....This bought tears 2 my eye's :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Watched it again and still cried. Such amazing grace and love between the divers and dolphin. What a blessing for everyone who witnessed that interaction. Bravo!

  6. Anonymous says:

    brought tears to my eyes also, the dolphin knew the humans filming could help him. God has made creatures and man to be close like that but sin came in the way...sin greed, murder. This is what our planet should be peace, and love of all creatures. This shows great trust on the dolphin and man's part. Good Show and God bless the man filming so we could see this....God is good

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this truly spectacular footage. Like so many others, my love for dolphins seems to be forever and I always knew they were always ways they communicated with humans. This film shows their gentleness & intelligence and thankfully, the gentleness and caring of another being willing to right the wrong that was inflicted on this beautiful creature. God Bless the man who dared to reach out and help to give that dolphin a better chance of a long life.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely amazing and it knew who to go to....god blesses each of you!

  9. Such a beautiful moment..... lessons of love and humility.... what a beautiful thing!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this touching video. It brought tears to my eyes at the trust the dolphin extended to the divers and the intelligence that the dolphin thought the diver could help. Thank you so much.. you made my night!


  11. Anonymous says:

    Thank God for people like that in this world, to bad there isn't more of them who care so much for our wild life on this earth.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I was so moving to see the trust between the beautiful Dolphin and the diver. Thank God you were their for him/her.. another place another time with the wrong people would have been a very different outcome.. The Dophines aproach was full of "knowing" that you were a good man. I am sure you will be blessed wherever you go in your life..

  13. Anonymous says:

    sorry about the spelling.......It was so moving.....Thank God you were there

  14. Anonymous says:

    Blessings to you the diver and to you fellow creature for the lesson and example you have set for humanity!! Munay Sanko

  15. Anonymous says:

    God had nothing to do with this! If he was accountable...it wouldn't happened in the first place.

    Humanity wins :)

  16. davey matthews says:

    big thumbs up

  17. Unknown says:

    Its always such an awe-inspiring moment when humans come together to care for the beautiful creatures of our beautiful planet!! Bravo to you all! Much love and respect! xxx

  18. sandra burfield says:

    this brought tears to my eyes. bless all of you for being there to help the dolphin. How amazing that a wild creature would approach a human to help it in a time of need. How did it know they would help?

  19. Anonymous says:

    What a marvelous stoy. I do believe that God puts us in place smetimes to make a difference in the lives of others. Sometimes it is public and known, but there are times when we help others what even we are unaware of. God bless these people for rendering aid to this beautiful and oh so intelligent creature. You cannot tell me that this dolphin did not know what it was doing when it went to these people for help!

  20. teresa says:

    This is beautiful thank you so much for sharing. We are all God's creatures and we're here to help one another. I can't thank you enough for being there and lending your services. You have been blessed.

  21. John says:

    Thank you very much for shareing this Video. I bet the Dolphin is happy for the swimmers who helped. It did bring Tears to my Eyes.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I just watched yure amazin footage of this dolphin askin yu for help it must have senced the empathy yu have got with the manta rays ! and knew yu would help him/her we need many more kind caring people like yu ! Cause there is so much evil happening and try as hard as we can too stop it we cant ! so it was a real eye opener too see something so beautiful as yu were helping the dolphin. Shame yu couldnt get the hook out ! But yu set it free thanku for sharing this with us and have a wonderful Christmas .

  23. Fili says:

    Thank you for helping this beautiful dolphin. You are all true heroes.

  24. Anonymous says:

    wonderful footage. Thank you so much for caring. x Sandi

  25. Lou says:

    wonderful so pleased that some humans have compassion for other living creatures. may God, bless them.

  26. Sara A. says:

    Amazing. Thank you for helping that poor dolphin I'm sure it meant a lot to him.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Thanks all of you:-D

  28. Anonymous says:

    Amazing!! The Dolphin is my most favorite of all, human or otherwise. This was so beautiful to watch and I had tears rolling in no time. The music was spot on. You could just feel the trust between the diver and Dolphin. Thank you for filming this and posting it.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Amazing how the dolphin intuitively knew who to come to for help and how fortunate to find humans who actually wanted to help instead of destroy. Wish there were more like you - the world would be a lot different place

  30. Siempre gracias por ayudar a ese delfín DIVINO. Larga vida a LA fauna de nuestro planeta, aunque se lo pongamos cada año más difícil.

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  32. Anonymous says:

    Just a pay back, Dolphins save Humans all the time:)

  33. Unknown says:

    This is the most Beautiful dance of Love that I have ever seen...Thank you so very much...so very much.:)

  34. Dolphins are very intelligent & very playful when I lived in Hawaii island of Oahu my friend & I would paddle out just for exercise & knowing the dolphins would show up! They would circle us on our boards then bump under the board & rub their bodies all along our feet & hands sometimes we would slid off & let one hang on for a ride! Boy I sure miss those days! It was always good luck for the dolphins to show up we did not worry the Sharks would bother us! Dolphins kick sharks butts! Aloha

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