The attached video shows an incredible video of a snared bottle-nosed dolphin asking a diver for help removing a fish hook embedded in its fin on the night of January 22, 2013. The diver, Keller Laros, was night diving with friends to view manta rays off the coast of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, when the dolphin appeared to be asking for help. Keller motioned for the dolphin to come closer so that he could aid the injured dolphin. When the dolphin approached, Keller removed the hook from the dolphin while another diver filmed the beautiful experience. This is just more proof of the intelligence of dolphins and the positive and complex relationship humans can share with such a creature instead of slaughtering and hunting them down as some humans choose to do.
Some dolphin facts that one may not be aware of include:
- Dolphins are camouflaged -their light colored bellies and darker back allow them to blend into lighter surface water and darker ocean depths.
- The average bottle-nosed dolphin is 8.5 feet long and 400-500 pounds.
- A dolphin, like all mammals, gives live birth and the calf is born with whiskers that eventually fall out.
- They average 80-100 cone shaped teeth used for pulling prey in and then swallow their food whole.
- They average speeds of 5-6 feet per second and can reach speeds of up to 25 feet per second.
- Because they breathe air, they must surface but can hold their breathe for 5-7 minutes at a time.
- Because they are air-breathing mammals living in the water, dolphins cannot sleep the way that you and I can. Dolphins must remain conscious at all times and for most animals, sleep is an unconscious behavior. For this reason, dolphins will rest by allowing half of their brain at a time to go into a sleep state while the other half maintains awareness of the environment and breathing needs.
- A mother dolphin does nurse her young for a year or more and are pregnant for 1 year.
- Sharks, killer whales and humans are their only predators.
- Dolphins are self aware; their awareness also extends to their communities, suggesting they possess intelligence capable of cultural transmission of information. These complex behaviors and communication skills are not possible without a coordinated system of language use that is both functional and sophisticated.
- It has been proven that dolphins are the closest animal to humans – so much so some scientists think giving them “people status” is appropriate.
Dolphins have proven time and time again how intelligent they are so please do what you can to help them and stop the slaughter of some countries such as Japan.