In a sweet video shared on Reddit, an unnamed man can be seen rescuing a dolphin calf that’d become tangled in a fishing net.
The video was shared U/EventNo1 in the r/nextf*ckinglevel community. They captioned it, ” The Man help the baby dolphin. He’s so kind.”
In the video, you can see a man on a boat holding a small dolphin calf by its tail. He hoists the calf onto his lap and begins untangling the massive web of fishing net that’s stuck around the dolphin’s head and fins.
He works carefully and quickly until, at last, the little baby is free! He gives the small mammal a kiss before releasing it back into the ocean. It appears the dolphin is unharmed from the experience, and we can hope that it caught up to its mom and the rest of the pod.
While it’s amazing that this man rescued the dolphin and gave it a second chance at life, many marine animals aren’t so lucky. It’s believed an estimated “136,000 whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions die from ghost gear every year,” which doesn’t account for the animals who are injured by gear or the animals slowly dying from it.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, ghost gear is fishing gear that ends up as ocean pollution, such as nets, lines, crab pots, and more. They report that ghost gear ends up “harming 66 per cent of marine mammal species, half of seabird species and all species of sea turtles, often subjecting them to a slow, painful and inhumane death.”
Ghost gear is a huge issue and has even sparked initiatives on a global scale to help prevent ghost gear from entering the oceans, such as the Global Ghost Gear Initiative.
As communities and individuals rely less on fish as a source of food and income, it’s hopeful that we’ll see less ghost gear doing harm to marine life and ecosystems. But for now, it’s nice to know that there are kind-hearted people out there willing to go the distance and help an animal in need.
Watch the rescue in the video below: