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Dolphins Guide Scientists to Rescue Suicidal Girl
nationalgeographic.com ^ | on May 29, 2014 | Maddalena Bearzi of Ocean Conservation Society in Ocean Views

Posted on 05/30/2014 11:46:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin

One day, my research team and I were following a school of bottlenose dolphins near shore as we do on a regular basis in the waters off Los Angeles, California. We just wrapped up our photo-identification work and were moving on to take video of dolphin social interactions and enter data on behavior.

The dolphins were still feeding in circle near shore, when suddenly, one individual changed direction heading out toward deeper water. A minute later, the rest of the school turned to follow. We were so accustomed to tracking these coastal metropolitan dolphins back and forth within a few hundred meters of the beach, that seeing them abruptly leave a foraging ground and change direction came as a surprise to the research team. I decided to follow them.

The dolphins increased their speed, still heading offshore as I pushed the throttle ahead to keep pace while one of my researchers recorded this hasty change in behavior on the sighting form. Somewhere near three miles offshore the dolphin group stopped, forming a sort of ring around a dark object in the water.

The girl was pallid and blonde and appeared to be fully clothed. As the boat neared, she feebly turned her head toward us, half-raising her hand as a weak sign for help.

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A couple of hours later...the ER doctor came out to talk with us. The girl, it seems, would pull through, and he thanked us for our quick action. He tells us the girl was vacationing in L.A. from Germany and, as the letter found in her plastic bag explained, she was attempting suicide. If we hadn’t found her, if the dolphins hadn’t led us offshore when they did, to that specific place, she would have died.

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1 posted on 05/30/2014 11:46:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
Robin: "Gosh Batman, the nobility of the almost human porpoise." Batman: "True, Robin. It was noble of that animal to hurl himself in the path of that final torpedo. He gave his life for ours!"

Good job dolphins.

2 posted on 05/30/2014 11:50:39 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: BenLurkin

I really do believe that all dolphins, whales, great apes, and some species of monkeys and birds deserve extra protection due to their intelligence and social structures. For instance most people don’t like crows but they are very intelligent and form family groupings. They have been observed in the wild working with other predator species to guiding them to prey and sharing in the kill.


3 posted on 05/30/2014 11:52:37 AM PDT by WMarshal (Free citizen, never a subject or a civilian)
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To: BenLurkin

Im just left wondering, How did she get there?


4 posted on 05/30/2014 11:55:34 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

Swam out, apparently.


5 posted on 05/30/2014 12:02:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt
Im just left wondering, How did she get there?

The big danger in ocean swimming is being carried out to sea by the currents. Once you are in one, you are screwed without outside intervention.

6 posted on 05/30/2014 12:02:56 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

From MA 370


7 posted on 05/30/2014 12:03:09 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: WMarshal

BTTT. I just caught “Blackfish” on CNN, kind of wish I hadn’t, but an excellent film.


8 posted on 05/30/2014 12:04:49 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: BenLurkin

Helping humans seems to be their porpoise in life.


9 posted on 05/30/2014 12:07:42 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: WMarshal

Today a bird landed on my head - a smallish black bird and at first I couldn’t figure out what it was up there. I got it off but figured it must be trying to protect a nest. I guess it did the same to another person who had been standing in the same area. Brave little bird.

Thank God it didn’t poop!


10 posted on 05/30/2014 12:11:07 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: WMarshal

I agree with everything you said except for crows.

Crows are evil. Yes, they’re intelligent. So what.

Nuke ‘em.


11 posted on 05/30/2014 12:12:02 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: BenLurkin

I definitely believe the dolphins perceived her distress and were concerned. Also understood that other humans could help. Quite amazing.


12 posted on 05/30/2014 12:13:51 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: WMarshal
and some species of monkeys...

I hate monkeys. Except for

Trunk Monkey!

13 posted on 05/30/2014 12:23:55 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: BenLurkin

!


14 posted on 05/30/2014 12:27:30 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: luvbach1

Or, they wanted to keep the ocean clean - hard telling their motivation, but a neat story.


15 posted on 05/30/2014 12:28:47 PM PDT by Wicket (1 Peter 3:15 , Romans 5:5-8)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt
Im just left wondering, How did she get there?

Be thankful she didn't find her way behind the wheel of a large automobile.

16 posted on 05/30/2014 12:31:02 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

A once-in-a-lifetime riposte. Well played, FRiend!


17 posted on 05/30/2014 12:34:30 PM PDT by PlateOfShrimp
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To: PlateOfShrimp

you should repost...


18 posted on 05/30/2014 12:36:31 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: Wicket
Or, they wanted to keep the ocean clean

Oh, the sharks would have made sure the ocean was cleaned up. I surprised they hadn't already found her.

I think this was exactly as it appears...the porpoises saved her life intentionally.

19 posted on 05/30/2014 12:40:05 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: BenLurkin

So long, and thanks for all the fish!


20 posted on 05/30/2014 1:07:13 PM PDT by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: PlateOfShrimp

Same as it ever was.


21 posted on 05/30/2014 1:11:28 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Uncle Chip
Helping humans seems to be their porpoise in life.

Ba-dump-bump!

22 posted on 05/30/2014 1:16:48 PM PDT by MeganC (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: BenLurkin

I think I see the Lord at work.


23 posted on 05/30/2014 1:38:08 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: PastorBooks
I think I see the Lord at work.

That's what I think. Animals may also be part of the fallen world (and, such, infected)...but they weren't responsible for the fall.

I have had many animals and they display many Godly qualities. There is an odd Godliness about animals.

24 posted on 05/30/2014 5:36:33 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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