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Dolphins save man from shark

October 12, 2010

From Animal Tales Blog

Swimmers have told how a pod of dolphins protected them from a great white shark off the northeastern coast of New Zealand.

Rob Howes and three other lifeguards were on a training swim about 100 metres offshore at Ocean Beach, near Whangarei, when the dolphins raced in and herded the group together.

“They started to herd us up, they pushed all four of us together by doing tight circles around us,” Mr Howe said.

When he tried to drift away from the group, two of the bigger dolphins herded him back.

He then saw why. A three metre great white shark was cruising toward the group about two metres below the surface.

“I just recoiled. It was only about two metres away from me, the water was crystal clear and it was as clear as the nose on my face,” he said, adding he then realised the dolphins had moved in to protect the swimmers.

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The group were surrounded by the dolphins for 40 minutes before they were able to reach the shore.

Another lifeguard, Matt Fleet, was patrolling nearby in a rescue boat when he saw the dolphins’ unusual behaviour.

When he dived out of the boat to join the group he also saw the great white.

Mr Fleet said he was keen to get out of the water after the sighting, but didn’t panic.

“I just kept looking around to see where it was.”

The incident happened about three weeks ago, but Mr Howes and Mr Fleet said they had kept the story to themselves until they had a chance to catch up and confirm what they had seen.

Auckland University marine mammal research scientist Doctor Rochelle Constantine said dolphins were normally vigilant in the presence of sharks.

The altruistic response of the dolphins was normal, she said.

“They like to help the helpless.”

And some humans prefer to butcher them…Why do the greedy actions of a few rule the vicious slaughter and barbaric imprisonment of the many? Don’t support parks that enslave animals, and reject any actions that promote such.   And please consider that regardless of heartwarming stories of animals rescuing humans, all animals deserve lives free from exploitation and suffering, including the ones you eat, wear, and use for fun.  Sharks, too, are misunderstood and often the unjustified target of fear and anxiety; additionally, sharks are the victims of the global holocaust against animals, too, subjected to vicious fin farming, cruelly mutilated and left to die in what can only be considered excruciatingly painful and exploitive manners:

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Please visit Sharkwater for additional information and actions you can take to help cease the slaughter of sharks.

Please review and take action on these previous alerts to help dolphins and whales, thank you so much:

The Japanese village notorious for the dolphin hunt documented in the film “The Cove” has slaughtered a pod of dolphins but spared the youngest animals, a U.S.-based activist group said Tuesday.

Not only were these sentient beings killed unnecessarily and horrifically, but youngsters who were spared were left on their own and most likely will also perish. It’s time to end this needless killing, often justified in the name “research.” Of course, there’s no research involved.


you herd dolphins into coves,
taiji killers we loathe
so you can sit and snark
but these dolphins would
save even you from a shark!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

4 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    October 12, 2010 2:38 pm

    you herd dolphins into coves,
    taiji killers we loathe
    so you can sit and snark
    but these dolphins would
    save even you from a shark!!!!


  2. October 12, 2010 3:04 pm

    Beautiful story. Dolphins are clearly more advanced than some of us humans, such a heroic act. This is not the first time this has happened with dolphins. I wish people would stop murdering them to eat and give them the respect they deserve.


  3. Jytte Bakary... permalink
    October 12, 2010 5:04 pm

    We need the dolphins, we can learn many things from them – they are so sensible,they can fell up you are afrei, when you go in to the water to them,because of the viberations there will come from your body…They will not come near you before they fell, you are relaxing,they will even try, to get you to relax, with the beautiful talk and woice they have…IF YOU WILL TRY TO understand this they try to show you, and tell you, when they swimm araund you – playing.
    They will never hurt you…No they belive you are good – they will give you,( if you let them) such a special sensible beaytiful fellings you never will find by, SOME humans…Peoble without fellings.


  4. SANDRA permalink
    April 26, 2013 8:09 am

    i love dolphins sooooo much rthey are so smart we need them
    DON’T KILL THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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