Dolphins and humans are known to have mutually beneficial relationships. While research continues about whether or not dolphins are sentient in the human sense, many scientists have placed them on the list of intelligent species.
Tales of dolphins saving human lives have been spread for centuries, but the relationship sometimes goes both ways. Divers in Hawaii were not surprised when a blue bottle-nosed dolphin approached them. When the examined the animal’s pectoral fin, they saw that the animal had approached them for help. They provided help quickly.
Dolphins often get caught in fishing nets. The number of dolphins killed by the tuna fishing industry sparked a dolphin-free tuna movement. Most of the cans of tuna sold in modern stores contain a dolphin-safe notice. The companies now employ people to go out and boats and free any dolphins who get caught in their lines or nets.
Keller Laros worked as part of a documentary crew. The documentary focuses on the behavior of manta rays and on the conservation efforts to preserve the species. The appearance of the blue bottle-nosed dolphin surprised the divers until they saw what had happened to the animal.
Laros had the tools to free the dolphin from the fishing line, and he motioned for it to approach him. After a few minutes, he managed to free the dolphin from the line. The grateful dolphin quickly went on its way and maintained the playful nature for which its species is known.
Bottlenosed dolphins are the type often seen in captivity. They survive captivity better than many other of its dolphin cousins and can be breed and trained more easily. Flipper, perhaps one of the most famous television sea mammals, was also a bottle-nosed dolphin. The easily trainable nature of the bottle-nosed dolphin has allowed Navy’s to train them.
Finding and disarming mines is the most common naval warfare application, and animal rights groups routinely question the practice.
Divers and mariners often have encounters with dolphins, and many companies catering to tourists offer swims with the creatures, although the practice has become less common in recent years. Despite the friendly relationship dolphins have had with man for many centuries, they are still wild animals. Swimmers and divers should approach them with caution, and remember that they are much stronger than humans. Unlike humans, they are also adapted for life in the water.
Experienced divers know to exercise caution around marine life, and Laros knows it is always good to help any creature in need. The documentary crew may or may not use the footage, but it can be seen online. None of the documentary filmmaking crew knows when the final version of the film would be released.
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Source: We Love Animals