This evening we watched a TV programme about a remarkable group of dolphins in New Zealand in 2004.
Pod of Bottlenose Dolphins protect group of lifeguards from Great White Shark attack.
Then, in the process of looking for the link for the above rescue I found this interesting story. NZ dolphin rescues beached whales.
Mr Smith said that just when his team was flagging, the dolphin showed up and made straight for them.
“I don’t speak whale and I don’t speak dolphin,” Mr Smith told the BBC, “but there was obviously something that went on because the two whales changed their attitude from being quite distressed to following the dolphin quite willingly and directly along the beach and straight out to sea.”
“I shouldn’t do this I know, we are meant to remain scientific,” Mr Smith said, “but I actually went into the water with the dolphin and gave it a pat afterwards because she really did save the day.”
Animals can show compassion, and so can we.