During the time that I was in the Navy, I saw many wonderful things in the ocean. I enjoyed watching the hammer heads search for prey. I saw the huge turtles dive deep out of sight. Wales were everywhere we went and I frequently saw them doing various things with grace and ease. I forgot the name but I really enjoyed at night the phosphorous illumination of the ocean churned up by our screw, 'Bio luminescent plankton' I believe is the name. The most enjoyment I received was from the very quick and agile dolphins, I would watch for hours dolphins zipping back and forth in front of our ship with ease, while we were cruising at 25 knots. The 'Old Salts' used to tell us tales of Dolphins saving sailors lives. Little did I know this at the time but these were no tales.
Recently, I heard of a couple of stories where dolphins have saved people from certain death. One in our own back yard of Monterey Bay, California
Todd Endris escaped with his life thanks to those dolphins. Watch the report although there are some mangled leg pictures in it.
One of the most fascinating accounts is when the dolphins were swimming aggressively around the group and bumping their feet to keep the feet up. They couldn't even swim forward, they were only allowed to tread water. The video program said the dolphins were swimming so fast around them the appeared to be angry at the people, they thought they might of disturbed a baby dolphin and they were being territorial. The truth is that a great white shark was swimming just under their feet and was making approaches to strike. The dolphins kept the people safe until the danger passed.
Another brilliant moment was described when the dolphins saved a girl from drowning! She said: "All of a sudden, I was looking once again at the azure, cloudless sky above me, perplexed as to how this had happened. It seems that the dolphin had ingeniously flipped me over, before nuzzling his slippery snout into the nape of my neck to keep my head above the water. I was being nurtured, protected and held in timeless suspension."
Then once saved she recalls "Once I was safely on the main boat, the dolphin that had "saved" me, along with three others, circled it in glee. Leaping, belly-flopping, back-flipping, it was a sight to behold. They clearly shared my own elation,..."
There is still another story of a man bleeding in the ocean for hours being protected by dolphins to fend off a team of stalking sharks moving closer.
I am sure there are plenty more examples of this behavior of dolphins "looking out" for us in the vast waters of the ocean. My question to all of you is why? Science may describe the how, like through communication through clicks and what not, but why? Why would they risk their own lives to save ours? They all clearly recognize humans and are sensitive to our needs. They know we are "fish out of the water" in the ocean. So they seek to help and protect us. Why? If you believe in the evolution model, explain this 'evolving' behavior. What is the benefit of dolphins helping humans in an evolutionary concept? Compassion understandably, is allowed in the evolutionary model but compassion between species, without any benefit? I believe there is absolutely no evolutionary benefit for this type of behavior, but I would be what is called biased to the subject.
Just remember there is a real reason why all of the sailors call dolphins 'ocean angels.' God's creation is just too wonderful to discount as a coincidence or merely an anomaly. This is true altruism.