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Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
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Retired psychiatrist, activist and author with a new young adult novel - A Rebel Comes of Age - due for release on Dec 21, 2013. My 2010 memoir THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY ACT: MEMOIR OF AN AMERICAN REFUGEE describes the circumstances that led me to leave the US in 2002. More information about both books (and me) at www.stuartjeannebramhall.com

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JANUARY 26, 2013 7:06PM

Wild Dophin Approaches Diver for Help

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A wild dolphin approached a Hawaiian diving instructor last week after getting entangled in a fishing line and getting the hook caught in its dorsal fin.  Note how the animal positions its body to make the hook easier to remove and how the diver users his hands to communicate.

In all probability, the diver saved the dolphin's life.

If video won't play go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGYC72mZUuw

 

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Awesome! Must have been touchy work with all the movement and sub-nominal lighting, but glad to see that it worked out.

And, in case there was any doubt, note that the multi-tool saved the day!
I saw that and posted it to Facebook, where exactly one of my friends commented on it. I did find it very cool, though, that the dolphin understood that humans could help it. I just had a thought, maybe they have institutions of learning where they study us,too. :)
Amazing!

I guess they haven't yet learned just what treacherous bastards we humans are......

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This was the feel good story of the Day...maybe week...Ok Month.
I will be on Dolphin watch for the rest of the summer.
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[r] Stuart, I thought this blog from the headline may have been about the dolphin who died in NY last week. Yours far more inspiring.

From Huffpo:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130128/us-dolphin-in-canal-/?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=politics

"NEW YORK — A marine biologist says an aging dolphin that was stranded in a polluted New York canal and died there was ill and might not have survived anywhere.

"Kim Durham of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation on Long Island conducted a post-mortem exam of the wayward mammal. She says the dolphin suffered from a series of chronic conditions: stomach ulcers, kidney stones and parasites.

"Durham says the 7-foot male weighing about 340 pounds struggled before it died on Friday in Brooklyn's Gowanus (guh-WAH'-nuhs) Canal, splashing around and shaking black gunk from its snout. The canal is a Superfund site, where for years factories and fuel refineries operated.

"The dolphin likely entered the canal from the Atlantic Ocean and got pinned at low tide."

And from the weather channel website:

http://www.weather.com/news/dolphin-dies-ny-canal-20130126

"Common dolphins are social animals that travel in groups known as pods. To see a solitary common dolphin, especially so far inland, is unusual, and is a sign that the animal is sick or dying, biologists and other marine officials said.

"The dolphin's unusual trek into Brooklyn – DiGiovanni could not recall a dolphin coming so far into New York City in at least two decades – brought wide attention to one of the city's dirtier and most malodorous corners.

"The Environmental Protection Agency declared the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site in 2010, calling it one of the country's "most extensively contaminated water bodies." Mayor Michael Bloomberg had opposed the designation, arguing the city's own plan would have cleaned the canal in less time.

"The canal is laced with heavy metals, coal tar wastes and other pollutants from the factories and tanneries that have lined its banks, the EPA says.

"The EPA is still working on its plan, which is currently open to public comment, to spend an estimated $300 million to $400 million of federal money to clean up the canal."

best, libby
Thanks for the update on the other dolphin, Libby. The case provides illuminating insights into the role toxic exposures are playing in the chronic ailments people get.