Woman says dolphins helped in rescue

An interesting story of dolphin rescue. But the headline is a bit too much.

Dolphins saved my life: woman – Yahoo!7.

A woman says she owes her life to a pod of dolphins after slipping off a cliff and into the sea while trying to rescue her dog.

Four-year-old Cocker Spaniel Ramsay often runs into the water chasing seagulls, but this morning he got into trouble when he couldn’t swim back.

Ms Gitsham says she climbed up the cliff face to follow the distressed pooch from the shore when the unthinkable happened.

“These dolphins just formed this horseshoe and were guiding him in, pushing him in.”

Letting go to grab Ramsay, Ms Gitsham says the dolphins nudged the pair to safety.

I’m curious if this is being slightly misinterpreted by the witness. Perhaps the dolphins were just curious. As the dog went toward the shore, they followed. It’s a nice story. People want to believe that dolphins are magical and have a special connection to humans. It’s likely they are thinking of us in ways we haven’t imagined but how could they comprehend what was occurring, reason what to do and then cooperate to do it? I’m doubtful it happened that way but at least it had a happy ending and everyone is OK.  dolphin

  6 comments for “Woman says dolphins helped in rescue

  1. March 6, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Oh, now you’ve just ruined my magical fantasy land where animals can communicate with us.

  2. One Eyed Jack
    March 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Dolphins are not magical. Norwhals are magical. They have horns.

  3. Harold Renshaw
    March 7, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Did anyone interview the dolphins?

  4. March 8, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I hate this kind of mythmaking that people associate with dolphins. When I was getting my undergrad in Marine Bio we always had the “dolphin hugger” that wanted work at Seaworld. We delighted in telling these unscientific, misguided, naive individuals that dolphins kill other porpoises without remorse and the single most cause of death to humans from dolphin is drownings associated with them trying to mate with people. They also bite….mammalian bastards.

  5. LovleAnjel
    March 8, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    If it were a school of sharks doing that, the interpretation would have been entirely different.

  6. March 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Silly as it may sound, some people who study dolphins – there are over 40 species including Killer Whales- think they have language and that, in time, humans may be able to communicate with them. It is certainly true that on the EQ table they are next to us, that is higher than chimps. So, after us, they are the most intelligent animals around. EQ – Encephalization Quotient or brain-to-body mass ratio.

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