On January 11, 2013 a Bottlenose Dolphin was rescued from entanglement during a nighttime manta ray dive in Garden Eel Cove at Keahole Point, near the Kona International Airport.
A group of divers were observing manta rays on Plankton off the coast of Hawaii when the bottle nose dolphin with limited mobility swam over and showed the divers that he’d been tangled in something restricting his movement. ‘I gestured ‘come here,’ and he swam right to me, Keller Laros says.
The divers said the dolphin swam over and turned his body to show them he’d been caught. ‘The dolphin came in to ask for help,’ diver Martina Wing told San Diego TV.
“I noticed he had a fishing wire wrapped around his left fin,” Laros said. “I reached out with my left hand … and gestured with my index finger ‘Come here.’ And he swam right up to me.”
- Laros said the animal turned its body in oder to allow him to cut he wire more easily. ‘He put himself in the position to allow me to most effectively remove the hook and the line,’ the diver said.
“The fact that he seemed to recognize my gesture, that blew me away.”
The underwater videographer and seasoned frogman used his fishing knife to cut away some of the line.
A dolphin caught in fishing wire is captured on video as it moves towards a diver and through its body language ‘asks for help’ getting free.
The dolphin even swam to the surface for air and then dove back down again, rolling his body so Laros could continue cutting more line, he told KFMB.
“He put himself in the position to allow me to most effectively remove the hook and the line,” Laros said. “That was just amazing, to think that that animal is that smart.
The divers were able to remove the fishing line which allowed increased movement for the animal. Unfortunately, the hook was not able to be removed.
After getting free, the dolphin swam away.
“A Bottlenose Dolphin needed my help to get a fishing hook and line of it’s left pectoral fin.” – Keller Laros
The diver hasn’t seen the animal since.
Check out the video of this incredible moment: truly breath-taking, inspiring and providing the message of humanity that the world so desperately needs!
Watch the short 3 minute version of this beautiful event:
Here is the longer 8 minute version of this amazing rescue: