Thursday, July 30, 2009

Whale Saves Diver – Save the Whales

Tourists at an aquarium in China witnessed a dramatic event when a beluga whale named Mila rescued a drowning diver by pushing her out of the water.


A drowning diver has told how she was saved by a whale that pushed her back to the surface when she suffered crippling cramps Photo: EUROPICS

Seems Mila recognized and responded to the situation before those watching were even aware there was a problems. Animal instincts will never cease to amaze me! We seen dolphins rescuing swimmers and we've all heard or read the stories of dogs detecting a medical problem in their owners or waking their owners when a fire breaks out. I remember when my dog Sheldon was just a pup. I was in the front yard gardening and had Sheldon on a 16-foot leash, so he couldn't run out in the street. Just as my mom was coming into the yard, a woman was walking by with her guide dog. Sheldon ran (this is why he was on a leash) towards the street and mom tripped over the leash, breaking her knee. That guide dog came right over, laid down next to mom and put his head on mom's leg. That dog knew something was wrong. Sheldon at just a few months old, of course, figured this dog was there to play with him. He's 11-years-old now and his instincts are much better. He is the first one there when I'm having a good cry, climbs into my bed to lay when I'm sick, but he still doesn't know not to run into the street. Oh well, he's a good dog and I couldn't imagine life without him.

Read the full story about Mila at the Telegraph UK.


Did you know that a beluga whale's mouth is permanently upturned like a smile?



Visit Save the Whales to learn more about whales and how you can help protect them.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 (World Oceans Day)

I'll also be posting more about this next year as the date moves closer, but for teachers both at school and at home, this is a good time to start fitting this into your lesson plans. Everything you need to get started is available for download on the website.

That's if for today folks. Let's all be like Mila and if you see someone drowning, whether on land or in the sea, lend a supportive hand in any way you can.

8 Thoughtful Comments:

Florida Sue said...

I have always believed this. Animals have a sensory perception that humans do not have. I was on a plane once with a lady accompanied by a dog who sensed when she was about to have a seizure. This lady had uncontrolled epilepsy and the dog would warn her to lay down by pawing her foot and whining. Apparently there were small facial tics and involuntary movements that anyone else would not notice just before she had a grand mal seizure. It is just wonderfully amazing isn't it Rhonda?

XOSue

Rain said...

Oh Rhonda, I'm so emotional when I see how animals are genuine without expectation. Humans can learn a lot from them, but most have their selfish minds closed! My dogs are like Sheldon, they were with me the entire time I was in bed for nearly a year with depression. They are clowns too aren't they? They try to cheer you up by acting silly - and with me it ALWAYS works!!! :) Great post! Love that belugas are smiling.

RobinfromCA said...

I love this story! Animals can be little miracles in our lives and the loyalty of dogs never ceases to amaze me.

Robin

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Hi All!

Sue, yes I watched a show a year or so ago that talked about dogs that could detect seizures before they happened and I agree they are wonderfully amazing.

Rain, Sheldon is like child, when he wants attention he does start putting on a little show for me. He throws his own ball and runs to get it, runs in circles and all the while he's watching me out of the corner of his eye to see if I'm paying attention.

Robin, miracles is the right word! How lucky we are to have these critters in our lives, so devoted and requiring only love in return.

Beluga smiles to all of you!!!!

justjoycee said...

Love this post....

Maya said...

So wonderful! Really touching.

Bellini Valli said...

I remember being surrounded by a small pod of beluga whales off the coast of Newfoundland. If it wasn't exciting enough to be out squid jigging at 4AM as it was already.

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

That does sound very cool, but I have to admit, I have never heard of squid jigging before. After googling I learned that it is a method of catching squid and there was even a youtube video of it from Newfoundland!

I was happy to see it is a form of fishing and not of dancing with squid, but then again, the squid might prefer the dancing!

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