Friday, August 15, 2008

Dolphins to the rescue :)!





Lately I've been watching a lot of shows on Animal Planet and one of the episodes was truly amazing! I've always loved dolphins and knew they were gentle towards humans but I didn't know to what extent how intellectual they really are.


The show was about a group of lifeguards swimming off the coast of New Zealand and a pod of dolphins came to their rescue when a great white shark was swimming underneath them. The dolphins bunched the four swimmers together by circling about 4-8 centimetres from them, and slapping the water with their tails for about 40 minutes. At first the lifeguards had no idea what was going on and they thought the dolphins were going to attack them but then the oldest guy drifted from the group and realized that a shark was near and the dolphins were there to help them.



Below is a clip (the picture is poor quality but that's the only video on YouTube that I could find) from the show.



The show had a happy ending ~ nobody was hurt and if it wasn't for the dolphins saving the lifeguards, who knew what could have happened!

One of the things I would love to do in my lifetime is to swim with dolphins :)! Just not in the ocean ;)! I used to love SEAWORLD but those f@ckers took it away from the location here in Ohio.

8 comments:

evilesb138 said...

That was pretty cool...those dolphins are alright.

I never knew that sharks would not go after dolphins..I guess I learned something new Professor Renee.

Maybe one day you will swim with the dolphins. I actually miss Sea World too.

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

That would be cool to swim with Dolphins.. The video wasn't the greatest.. but sometimes that's the way it goes.. I will try to find it on youtube.. Dolphins are very smart..

Tara said...

Wow, the dolphins were herding the swimmers! Remind me to hang out with dolphins if I ever decide to swim in the ocean. :)

laura b. said...

Dolphins are really beautiful, intelligent creatures.
I'm not sure I'd want to swim with them after seeing that one episode of The Simpsons...

AlienCG said...

Mythbusters did a test with a mechanical dolphin to see if the shark would attack a seal decoy. When the mech dolphin was in the water the shark circled for a bit and left. Dolphins do protect other mammals from shark attacks.

Churlita said...

That's so cool. Dolphins are amazing.

MrManuel said...

Yeah, when I heard about that, I was floored. I haven't seen a special on it, just read about it once. Truly remarkable.

*Renee* said...

THANKS to all who replied :)! Dolphins are amazing creatures that we need more of in all locations (if that was possible)!