humans are in trouble at sea, dolphins intervene and come to the
rescue. From the award winning 1999 BBC documentary series
In two similar incidents, one in 2004 and one in 2007, pods of
dolphins circled imperiled surfers for over thirty minutes in order to
ward off aggressive great white sharks. And in 2000, a fourteen year old
boy fell off a boat in the Adriatic Sea and nearly drowned before being
rescued by a friendly dolphin. The marine mammal swam up alongside the
boy and pushed him back to the boat from which he had fallen, where the
boy's father promptly scooped him up. Far from being merely a modern
phenomenon, historical accounts show that dolphins have been saving
humans for centuries. In the 1700s, a pod of dolphins helped rescue
Vietnamese sailors when their boat was sunk by Chinese invaders.
According to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, recorded
stories of dolphins protecting humans date back to ancient Greece.