There are a number of ways to slightly alter one’s lifestyle in order to protect dolphins from harm. Two important things we can do are boycotting theme parks that feature dolphins in aquariums as consumer attractions, and stop flushing untreated sewage, such as medications and chemicals. Pollutants such as PCBs, dioxins and heavy metals are harmful for dolphins.
We can also limit (or stop eating) seafood, as many fish, even ones farmed using “dolphin-safe,” practices such as bottom trawling, can be quite injurious to dolphins and other sea mammals.
Many consumers also attempt to make small changes to their lifestyles that reduce overall contaminants—for example, installing salt water-free alternative water softener equipment and improving recycling, reusing, and conservation habits.
Or you can save dolphins the old fashioned way, by literally jumping into the water and dragging them to safety!
That’s what one Jacksonville family did over Easter weekend. George Heheman and Kerry Ware were out on a weekend boat ride when they noticed that a dolphin had become stranded on a sandbar. A retreating tide was making it more and more unlikely that the beached dolphin would able to free itself.
Fortunately, its human saviors jumped into the water and dragged the 300 lb dolphin by its tail into deeper water. Kerry’s son filmed his mother and grandfather making the tremendous rescue. And given that the dolphin’s nearby calf was still dependent on the mother, it’s possible they saved two dolphins that day.
As we learn more and more about the emotional intelligence levels of dolphins, whales and other sea mammals, it becomes all the more uplifting when humans are able to help preserve these amazing species so that future generations can continue to learn about the ocean’s diversity.