Dog Falls Into Canal And Starts To Drown, Until The Group of Dolphins Comes To Saves Him

Dolphins have always been admired for their beautiful form and graceful swim style. But there is more to these marine creatures than meets the eye. They are actually intelligent animals, capable of relating to each other ways. These dolphins proved their compassionate nature when they discovered a dog drowning. When a Doberman fell into the canal on Marco Island, Florida, there were no humans around to rescue him. No one knew that he had fallen in, and it started to look like the pup was out of luck. Luckily, someone did come to his aid.

The beings that helped the drowning dog were not humans; they were dolphins. The dolphins noticed the pup splashing around in the water and swam closer to investigate. They quickly realized that something wasn’t right. The dog was stuck in the canal. The wall that separated the water from the land was too tall for the Doberman to climb. He became frantic as he began to lose hope that someone would save him.

The dolphins may not have had arms or legs, but they found a way to help the dog. They swam around the area making as much noise as possible. “In fact, they made so much noise that some people who lived nearby happened to hear them and investigated why they were being so loud,” Snackay reports. “Then they noticed the dog trapped below the wall in the canal water.”

Finally, a rescue was under way. Firemen rushed to the scene and brought the dog out of the water. He was quite shaken up, but on the whole he was okay. If it hadn’t been for these dolphins, the dog most likely would not have survived. The firefighters estimated that the dog had been trapped for as long as 15 hours – that is a long time to keep swimming, especially if you are not a marine animal. To make matters worse, the pup had to go all that time without anything to drink. Since the canal was full of salt water, trying to take a sip would have only dehydrated him more.

This was one strong dog, but he owes his recovered safety to these compassionate dolphins. They recognized a problem and did whatever they could to restore him to his life on land. This story is a reminder that humans are not the only intelligent beings on the planet. There is a whole network of animals who are capable of forming strong bonds and developing emotional responses. As we continue to learn more about ocean life, we can build a closer community with these creatures.

If we try to live as one with the animals, this world would be a much better place. We should teach our children from very young age that every life matters, and every creature should be treated with kindness.

Dolphins Dying at Triple Normal Rate Along Gulf Coast

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Scientists along the U.S. gulf coast say that the dolphin death rate is now three times the normal rate. Most of the 279 bottlenose dolphins stranded along the gulf in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana since Feb. 1 have died, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said, according to NBC News. Scientists studying the carcasses say lesions consistent with freshwater exposure point to recent Midwest flooding. They also suspect the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which has had devastating long-term effects on marine life. “[Dolphin] reproduction in some of the heaviest oiled areas continues to be abnormal,” Teri Rowles, coordinator for NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program told NBC News.

NOAA announces bottlenose dolphin unusual mortality event


PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – NOAA says on average there are 87 elevated bottlenose dolphin strandings around this time of year, but this year the number shot up to 261.

Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported an increase in strandings in the Gulf for one species. (WJHG/WECP)

NOAA says these dolphin strandings occurred from Franklin County through Louisiana and are three times the historical average. As of June 12, there have been 279 strandings.

Most of these dolphins were found in a moderate to advanced states of decomposition, making it difficult to determine an exact cause of death, but experts say they are noticing a trend of lesions on the dolphins indicative of freshwater exposure.

Dr. Erin Fougères, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region Marine Mammal Stranding Program Administrator, said, “So there are some animals with visible signs of skin lesions consistent with fresh water exposure but it’s too early at this point to say whether that is the cause of the mortalities. And then there are animals that don’t have skin lesions and we’re still investigating, you know, what the potential causes or contributing factors are for those mortalities.”

Spillway Opening Partly Blamed For Over 200 Bottlenose Dolphin Deaths In Gulf of Mexico

The alarming death of over 200 bottlenose dolphins in northern Gulf of Mexico, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida has got authorities concerned. Officials said 261 bottlenose dolphins were found stranded between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle between February 1 and May 31, this year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed that 98% of the dolphins were dead. The agency had declared this as an unusual mortality event (UME). NOAA defines UME as a stranding that is unexpected. It involves a significiant die-off of any marine mammal population and demands immediate response.

Erin Fougeres, a marine mammal stranding program administrator for NOAA said the number is three times the historical average in the northern gulf. “We are seeing higher numbers in Mississippi and Lousiana and we are concerned about fresh water. Its an exceptionally wet winter for the entire United States and its the wettest winter in the Mississippi Valley in the past 124 years,” he said, reports CNN.

Tourists watch bottlenose dolphins in Tamarin BayTourists watch bottlenose dolphins in Tamarin Bay on the West coast of Mauritius in a file photo. Photo: REUTERS

Fougeres said it is too early to say what was causing the deaths. Investigators are also looking at the salinity levels as bottlenose dolphins are usually found in waters with high saline levels. However, a Mississippi scientist said the spillway opening is partly to be blamed for the death of 126 dolphins across the Mississippi’s coastline. Experts attribute the dolphins’ death to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spilland to the Lousiana spillway opening, as well as food supply and wet winter.

Another dolphin dies at Dolphinaris Arizona, 4th death in less than 2 years

NEAR SCOTTSDALE (3TV/CBS 5) – Dolphinaris Arizona announced Thursday evening that another of one its dolphins has died.

Kai, a 22-year-old male, is the fourth dolphin to die at the facility since it opened amid controversy on reservation land adjacent to Scottsdale.

[SLIDESHOW: The dolphins]

[READ MORE: Third Dolphinaris Arizona dolphin dies (Dec. 31, 2018)]

“Immediately after Kai started showing signs of health decline two weeks ago our team made every effort to save his life, including bloodwork testing, ultrasounds, x-rays, and engaging external specialists and submitting diagnostic samples to outside university veterinary laboratories,” Christian Schaeffer, the general manager at Dolphinaris Arizona, said in a statement sent to media outlets. “Kai initially seemed to be responding, but his health suddenly declined last night around 11:30 p.m. After the veterinary team administrated hours of critical care, including providing him oxygen, medicine and x-ray testing, Kai’s condition continued to decline. We made the extremely difficult decision to humanely euthanize Kai ensuring he would pass peacefully.”

[READ MORE: Discrepancy in reported cause of death at Dolphinaris raises new concerns (Nov. 17, 2017)]

Kai’s death comes a month after Khloe, an 11-year-old female Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, died after battling what Dolphinaris Arizona officials described as a chronic illness.

In May 2018, Dolphinaris Arizona lost another female dolphin named Alia. She was 10 years old.

In September 2017, a dolphin named Bodie died of “a rare muscle disease.”

Bodie died just shy of Dolphinaris Arizona’s first anniversary.

[AND THIS: Activists rally outside Scottsdale aquarium after federal report on dolphin death (Nov. 18, 2017)]

Schaeffer said the facility has launched an investigation to review the dolphins’ death.

“We recognize losing four dolphins over the last year and a half is abnormal,” said Schaeffer. “Over the last several years we have worked with a team of external experts in the fields of animal behavior, water quality and veterinary care to ensure our dolphin family remains healthy. We will be taking proactive measures to increase our collaborative efforts to further ensure our dolphins’ wellbeing (sic) and high quality of life.”

[RELATED: General manager of Dolphinaris responds to opposition (May 4, 2016)]

Dolphinaris said it has already contacted a third-party pathologist to conduct a necropsy, which is an animal autopsy, to help determine the source of Kai’s health problems.

Dolphin Free AZ, with support from Dolphin Project, is planning to hold a protest in front of Dolphinaris on Saturday at 11 a.m.

“With four out of eight dolphins dying inside of 16 months, the situation has reached critical mass. For the safety of the public and the remaining dolphins, all activities should cease at Dolphinaris Arizona until an independent investigation takes place,” said Lincoln O’Barry with the Dolphin Project.

Dolphinaris, which is part of the OdySea In The Desert complex on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community near Scottsdale, opened in October 2016.

[RELATED: Trainers keep dolphins safe in 119 degree heat (June 20, 2017)]

On Friday, PETA released the following statement about the latest dolphin death:

“As the National Aquarium in Baltimore prepares to move dolphins to seaside sanctuaries, the Parliament of Canada considers a bill that would ban dolphin captivity, and two belugas will soon move to the first beluga sanctuary, Dolphinaris Arizona’s deadly dolphin prison is out of touch with public sentiment—and there’s no excuse for keeping it open. PETA urges Dolphinaris to send surviving dolphins to seaside sanctuaries, where they would never again be forced to haul tourists on their backs in the sweltering Arizona desert.”

PETA supporters will join Dolphin Free AZ in partnership with Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project in calling on Dolphinaris to send the dolphins to seaside sanctuaries at a memorial protest on Saturday, February 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the west corners of E. Via de Ventura and N. Pima Road in Scottsdale.

Court grants ban of fish imports from Mexico caught with nets that hurt endangered porpoise

A trade court Thursday ordered the Trump administration to implement a ban
on seafood imports from Mexico caught with a method tied to harming an
endangered porpoise species.

The United States Court of International Trade ruled that the government
must ban Mexican imports of seafood caught using gillnets, a fishing
technique that has been found to injure and kill the critically endangered
vaquita porpoise.

Scientists believe there are only 15 vaquitas left in the wild, which could
leave the species extinct by 2021.

The court denied the Trump administration’s motion to dismiss the case
writing, “Evidence shows that vaquita are killed by gillnet fishing and are
on the verge of extinction: because the statutory duty to ban fish imports
resulting in such excessive marine mammal bycatch is mandatory, the
Government must comply with it.”

Gillnets are a type of fishing net that is hung in the water to catch
passing-by seafood.

The case brought by three conservation groups, the Natural Resources Defense
Council, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Animal Welfare
Institute against the Department of Commerce argues that it is the U.S.
government’s duty to enact a ban on Mexico under the Marine Mammal
Protection Act for the vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise.

The court agreed, determining that the “law commands” that “the Secretary of
the Treasury shall ban imports of fish and fish products from northern Gulf
fisheries that utilize gillnets and incidentally kill vaquita in excess of
United States standards.”

The vaquita is most often found in the upper Gulf of California. Seafood
products typically caught with gillnets include shrimp, corvina, Spanish
mackerel and bigeye croaker.

According to data compiled by the National Marine Fisheries Service under
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. imported more than
$55 million worth of seafood from Mexico in 2017.

More than 90 percent of the seafood eaten in the U.S. is imported.

Dolphin liberation in Korea

Science News
from research organizations

May 27, 2018
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)
Biologists have carried out a scientific investigation on dolphin liberation in South Korea.

“Dolphin liberation in South Korea has raised awareness towards the welfare of marine animals and has resulted in the strengthening of animal protection policies and the level of welfare.”

An engineering student, affiliated with UNIST has recently carried out a scientific investigation on dolphin liberation in South Korea. The paper presents the overall analysis of the social impact of the first case of dolphin rehabilitation in Asia, which occurred in 2013.

This study has been carried out by Sejoon Kim in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering in collaboration wit Professor Bradley Tatar in the Division of General Studies at UNIST. Their findings have been published in the April issue of the journal, Coastal Management and will be published online, this month.

“After the release of captive dolphins from South Korean marine parks, there has been a growing environmental movement towards the conservation and management of marine and coastal ecosystems,” says Sejoon. “Although such movement relies on a single-species conservation focus and does not encompass an entire ecosystem, it has enormous symbolic significance for the welfare of marine animals.”

The research team hopes to expand their research to areas beyond the study of dolphin liberation and carry out in-depth case studies on various topics, including the whale-eating culture in Ulsan, the public perspective of dolphin shows, as well as the establishment of new types of dolphin life experience facilities.

Join Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Supporters Worldwide for World Love for Dolphins Day on February 14, 2017

World Love for Dolphins Day 2017

WLDD 2017

Join Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Supporters Worldwide for World Love for Dolphins Day on February 14, 2017

Demonstrations against the global captive dolphin trade responsible for Taiji’s brutal dolphin hunts to take place worldwide.

As another season of dolphin slaughter draws to a close, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is calling on volunteers, supporters and concerned individuals around the world to join with us and our Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians as we show our love for dolphins and call for an end to the captive dolphin trade that funds the slaughter of cetaceans in Taiji’s infamous cove.

On Tuesday, February 14th, Sea Shepherd will teach the world about the link between captivity and the cove with peaceful World Love for Dolphins Day demonstrations across North America and overseas. Sea Shepherd chapters will host demos at Japanese Consulates and local businesses that profit directly from the dolphin slaughter by trading on their surviving family members and stand in solidarity with Sea Shepherd’s volunteer Cove Guardians currently on the ground in Taiji.  On Valentine’s day, animal lovers across the globe will show the world that there is nothing loving about captivity.

Every year, for the past six years, Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians have patrolled the Taiji cove, where entire families of cetaceans are driven into the cove and either kidnapped and sold into captivity or ruthlessly killed. The tremendous amount of profit that the Japanese killers are getting for each captured dolphin, is truly the root of the evil that permeates the tiny town of Taiji, Japan. The love and compassion that people around the world have for these amazing creatures is evident in the support for the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian campaign and their loud voices against captivity.

“Our utmost desire is to see a day when captivity is completely abolished and these beautiful, intelligent beings are allowed to roam free throughout the world’s oceans, instead of being put into tiny tanks and forced to perform tricks, just to get their next meal.” said David Hance, Chief Operating Officer for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. “Please join Sea Shepherd on February 14th, as we stand up against captivity and against those companies that help perpetuate this horrific industry,” added Hance.

How can you participate in “World Love for Dolphins Day” demonstrations?

1. Demonstrate at a Japanese Consulate or at Local Businesses That Support the Captive Dolphin Trade

Join Sea Shepherd and Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians at these locations to educate the public about the connection between the slaughter and the show and encourage the Japanese government, and local businesses to stop supporting the dolphin hunt. Download and print a poster, and join us.

If you are interested in organizing a demonstration at a location near you, please email to set up your approved event.

Posters (click to download PDF)PDF

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World Love for Dolphins Day

Japan: Queen guitarist condemns dolphin hunting

BRIAN May has condemned Japan’s dolphin hunting, saying the slaughter of animals should end in the same way society has turned against slavery or witch-burning.

The Queen guitarist and animal rights campaigner said: “Every species, and every individual of every species, is worthy of respect.”

May, in Tokyo for Queen’s sell-out concerts at Budokan arena, added: “This is not about countries. It’s about a section of humanity that doesn’t yet understand that animals have feelings too.”

Protesting against the dolphin hunt in the small Japanese town of Taiji, documented in Oscar-winning film The Cove, has become a cause for celebrities including Sting and Daryl Hannah.

Taylor McKeown, a silver medalist swimmer in the Rio Olympics, who has long been fascinated with dolphins, is now in Taiji to monitor the hunts.

Ric O’Barry, the dolphin trainer for the Flipper TV series and who stars in The Cove, started the protests against the Taiji dolphin kill, which depicts a pod of dolphins being herded into an inlet and getting bludgeoned to death, turning the water red with blood.

The hunters in Taiji and their supporters defend the custom as tradition, although eating dolphin is extremely rare in Japan. The Tokyo government also defends whaling as research.

May, who founded the Save Me Trust in 2009 to lobby governments on wildlife policy, said he opposes cruelty against all animals, including foxhunting and bullfighting. Both are also defended as tradition, but that is just an excuse, he said.

“I know Japanese people, so many. They’re decent, they’re kind, they’re compassionate, but they don’t know this is going on,” he said of the dolphin killing. “These are mammals, highly intelligent, sensitive creatures, bringing up their children like we do, and they are being slaughtered and tortured.”