Dolphins come to surfer’s rescue in shark attack

Bring 'em on: Come on you nasty sharks...I'll take you all on. (Flickr photo by Cayusa)
Bring 'em on: Come on you nasty sharks...I'll take you all on. (Flickr photo by Cayusa)
The Miami Dolphins on the NFL football field maybe struggling through a winless season so far, but their namesakes off the coast of California chalked up a big win a few months ago.

When surfer Todd Endris was surfing near Monterey on Aug. 28, a 12- to 15-foot great white shark attacked him. It’s not uncommon for surfers to be the targets of sharks, who look up through the water to see what they think is a tasty seal.

Three shark bites peeled skin off his back and had ripped his right leg down to the bone. Then to the rescue came a pod of dolphins.

The formed a protective ring around him, allowing Endris to get his wits about him, paddle to shore and get first aid attention on shore from a friend.

I heard Endris share his tale on the Today Show earlier this week. You can get the full report by clicking here. But my biggest question was left unanswered. Why did the dolphins intervene?

Science doesn’t have the answer yet, but cases of dolphins rescuing people go back to tales from ancient Greece.

Just last year, four lifeguards in New Zealand were saved from sharks by the similar action of a pod of dolphins.

One more interesting twist to the story, within six weeks Endris was back on his surfboard riding the waters off on Monterey again.

So what do you think is at play with dolphins coming to the rescue? Do you think they do this for other species as well, or just humans? Share your thoughts here with Science Buzz readers.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I love dolphins

posted on Sun, 11/11/2007 - 2:23pm
apey1997's picture
apey1997 says:

so do i. I did a report on them in third grade. i got an A-.

posted on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 7:41pm
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Mrs.lenslie says:

they are sooo cute i love them to do you know that they might be insinted? it is very sad.

posted on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 12:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

were the dolphins action appropriate

posted on Mon, 12/10/2007 - 6:17pm
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Alex Bausch says:

Dolphins are awesome!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Mon, 12/10/2007 - 6:30pm
Alex Bausch's picture
Alex Bausch says:

I think dolphins are really cute

posted on Mon, 12/10/2007 - 6:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

their a fish get over it gosh

posted on Tue, 12/11/2007 - 10:49am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Actually dolphins are not fish - they're mamals like you and me!

posted on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 12:51pm
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actually... says:

fish are a big species of our land. we should make better living environments so that we can eat more of them. muahhhahahaha rrrrrriiicooo. :]

posted on Tue, 12/11/2007 - 12:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think dolphins are cute and trained well. They are not fish they are mammals

posted on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 11:47am

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