Are dolphins angels?
Dolphins have been known to attack people, but those attacks seem to be for good reason, for example if they are being pestered (not all of them enjoy being stroked or are happy with you swimming near their young). Also, I'm willing to bet they're not particularly happy when they are caught in nets from fishing boats or when, as might be the case in the second example in the links below in this story, they are harmed after they've save lives.
For the most part, dolphins seem to be really special creatures, with the ability to frighten off killer sharks. They've defended many humans, and one account that sticks in my mind is that of a man who was pulled under the water twice by a shark, and prayed when he emerged after the second attack, expecting to be pulled under again, believing he was about to die this time. So what happened when the shark pulled him under the third time? Nothing, because it didn't pull him under. A school of dolphins now surrounded him and guided him back to land (which, if you don't believe dolphins are intelligent, is a bit mad when you think about it, the dolphins knowing that he was not a sea creature and that he would be better able to get assistance on land).
So are dolphins angels of the sea? I don't know, but I'm pretty certain they're some kind of guardians, perhaps like the people who call themselves the "Guardian Angels" in New York subways (I think they're in New York anyway). Or maybe they're kind of like the police. The Sea Police.
Here's a few stories of dolphins saving lives...
- Dolphin scared a group of sharks away from a man who was clinging to an upturned dinghy http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/2145887.stm
- Dolphins save mand and child's life by refusing to let them swim to shore until shark left. It seems they were mutilated by some sicko later http://www.eurocbc.org/poachers_kill_altruistic_nz_dolphins_27nov2004page1808.html and here's the original story (not sure which report has the Nicky's/Niccy's name spelled right): http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/science/story/0,12996,1358435,00.html
- Dolphin saves boy who doesn't swim by pushing him to the surface and taking him to a boat (unfortunately the boy's father, whilst grateful, seems to put the act down to "instict" and so is really surprised that an animal would feel such "instinct" to save a human life. Whilst instincts exist, and are generally reliable, perhaps the father would be less shocked if he was able to realise that dolphins have the ability to feel compassion, just as humans do. Some humans save some animals' lives, why is it so surprising that some animals would save some humans' lives? Because we're a "higher species" and "the only one that doesn't do things just because of instinct"? Bollocks.) http://www.eurocbc.org/page158.html
- And a special story that tries to allow surfing to steal the credit for saving a life in an unusual way http://surfingthemag.com/news/surfing-pulse/stephen-bibb-083105/
There are plenty more, just look on google.co.uk. Unless you're in China, because google have agreed to block access to websites that have anything to do with Human Rights so that Chinese citizens find it harder to look at them. It seems google want Chinese citizens to be abused. In fact, don't use google. Use msn.co.uk instead. So why am I using google for the adverts above? Because it means I can make money from them without giving them a thing.