Lending A Helping Fin

Kel climbs ladderSometimes you come across a video that reminds you that hoomins share the planet with all sorts of animal/fish/mammal creatures, and we should help them out when we can.

This is one of those videos.

On January 11, divers were checking out Manta Rays and discovered a Bottlenose Dolphin that had a hook and plastic fishing line stuck in its pectoral fin. Let’s watch Keller Laros go to work. (A note of caution, this might be hard for some folks to watch.)

Mahalo to Mr. Laros. Video from Manta Rays Hawaii. More info from KITV in Honolulu.



  1. So happy for this dolphin! It was very patient while the divers tried to help.

  2. How did she know to come to them, they may be able to help her, and to trust them? Wow.

  3. Thanks for the warning. I’ll watch it at home, in case I start bawling. Plus it’s 8 minutes long, and I probably shouldn’t waste that much work time. 😯

  4. BeckyMonster says:

    He so clearly came looking for help. Glad they could get the line off, even if they couldn’t get the hook out. Animals are NOT stupid, just us for thinking they are.

  5. Loved this quote in the youtube comments:

    “For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much – the wheel, New York, wars and so on – whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man – for precisely the same reasons.”

    – Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  6. I so hope this dolphin is okay. It’s amazing the help and damage that humans can do all at the same time.

  7. That was amazing.

  8. Note to all divers: carry pocket-size wire cutters for removing horrible fish hooks from friendly/sad dolphin fins.

  9. StormCat42 says:

    This may sound silly, but I think the Dolphin “knew” that they would help… An animal who is injured or incapacitated wouldn’t normally hang around us clumsy humans so much… He stayed there with them… I think he knew that they would help… That’s my story, it helps me sleep, so I’m sticking with it… *sniff*

  10. The dolphin is all, “hey guys, this fin ain’t gonna fix itself!” Too cute 🙂

  11. Mary (the first) says:

    When the dolphin came over and nuzzled the diver, I really think he was saying, “hey, help me out here, would ya?”. OMG trying not to cry, here. Lovely story, not to mention I think we have our first candidate for CO Man of the Year, 2013. Am I right?

  12. StormCat42 says:

    *nods in agreement*

  13. I recommend dolphin get additional physical therapy in the form of kitteh chin rub.

  14. The note on the video updates that the hook was indeed removed. 🙂

  15. That was soo sweet! I wish I could give hugs to that dolphin and that diving team. The dolphin looked so relieved that someone was helping him/her!

  16. And those manta rays! what lovely, graceful creatures! “Devil Fish” indeed!

  17. Dolphin: Hey guys, you human made this crap, now take it off me please.

    Seriously that was amazing! And I second the motion of including the diver in the 2013 Men of CO calendar.

  18. omgoodness. THANK YOU to the diver!!

  19. Maybe word is getting around among the cetaceans.

  20. I think the same thing. 🙂

  21. Wow.

  22. I believe that with all my heart. He did come to them for help.

  23. And I’m crying again. *sob* Such magnificent creatures.

  24. WOWOWWWOOO!!! Chills! Beautiful and amazing!

  25. Bless those divers! That dolphin is amazing! Wonderful!

  26. Loved this…and sooooo true!!!

  27. Agreed. I think they are smarter than humans.

  28. tetegrondona says:

    me too!!!

  29. I couldn’t agree more. It was no accident that he approached the diver and stayed to be helped. Nobody could ever convince me otherwise.

  30. I think that settles the question whether dolphins are sentient beings. They are.

  31. Coincidentally, when the whale jumped up, someone started cutting onions and I never saw what happened for the rest of the article.

    In addition to the dolphin man nomination, I nominate the man who got in the water with the whale…despite those bright, red Speedos! 😀

  32. This is amazing! ^_^

    I feel kinda bad, too, for the fishermen who lost their net. After all, they weren’t trying to endanger the whale, they were trying to make a living. The trouble is that whales eat fish, too, and don’t always notice our fishing gear until it’s too late. Something similar is probably what happened to the dolphin. He was going after the same fish as the human and the hook got snagged in his fin. The human most likely cut the line because he couldn’t reel in the dolphin and it was either that or lose the rod. (And wouldn’t that have been a predicament for the dolphin, having a whole fishing rod stuck to him!)

  33. Actually, humpback whales eat krill, not fish, and I have a hard time feeling sorry for anyone who hurts and kills animals for a living.

  34. This is why, if I see tangled fishing line by the shore of a lake or wherever, I pull or cut it loose and stick it in my pocket to dispose of later in a closed trash bin. Line can entangle birds, turtles, and other wildlife and cripple or kill them too.

  35. Yes, I too believe animals know and can sense who they can go to for help. Years ago I was feeding some stray/feral/semi-feral cats in my backyard (years before I was into rescue work), and a male tomcat that had never come anywhere near me before, one cold wet miserable day walked right up to me. He had a terrible upper respiratory infection, and was clearly looking for help. Of course I brought him into the house and got him well, and he eventually became one of the most cuddly boys I’ve ever had the pleasure of living with.

  36. All the scars on the dolphins’ skin … Perhaps it is a rather old one and has had experiences with divers before? I bet it could tell many amazing stories if it could talk.

  37. I just love this. Humans are the smartest being INDEED. *sniff*

  38. How do you know it’s a she? But I totally assumed it’s a girl, too.

  39. This dophin is positively looking for help. They don’t linger around divers like hat and let themselves beeing touched unless they have good reason to. Very beautiful and reminds us of the common ground we share with so many creatures on this planet. A wild animal that comes looking for help to humans is always a humbling experience, considering the trust they put in us despite all the horrific things we inflict on them.

  40. And now of to work despite beeing all blotchy eyed! beatuful viedeos

  41. Not only the cetaceans, but the fishies too: