Dolphins save surfer from a great white shark

“Surfer Todd Endris needed a miracle. The shark — a monster great white that came out of nowhere — had hit him three times, peeling the skin off his back and mauling his right leg to the bone.

That’s when a pod of bottlenose dolphins intervened, forming a protective ring around Endris, allowing him to get to shore, where quick first aid provided by a friend saved his life.

“Truly a miracle,” Endris told TODAY’s Natalie Morales on Thursday.”

Source: Dolphins save surfer from becoming shark’s bait.

Once again dolphins prove what caring and peaceful creatures they truly are. Even after all the terrible things humans have done, and continue to do to them, they still save the lives of humans.
Having read a bit about Buddhism recently, it almost seems to me like the dolphins are Buddhists or something! 😛
One of the things that the Buddha taught, was the importance of non-violence, here’s something I read in a BBC article on Buddhism:

“Even if thieves carve you limb from limb with a double-handed saw, if you make your mind hostile you are not following my teaching.”
Kamcupamasutta, Majjhima-Nikkaya I ~ 28-29

I must admit, I would probably have difficulty adhering to that myself, although the dolphins doesn’t seem to have any difficulty at all!
Why do I think this? Because like videos such as this one Dolphin massacre in Japan, clearly shows, humans literally do carve dolphins limb from limb, and yet they still save our asses from sharks! Amazing!!

I like and admire Japan for a lot of things, such as civil liberties, their pacifist constitution (Surprisingly, it was the US who wrote that one, which continues to amaze me!), freedom of speech/press/religion etc. and all sorts of technological developments. But there’s also a few things that I REALLY don’t like at all. Their insistence on killing whales very cruelly, for instance! Some people will argue, that I simply don’t respect another country’s culture, well I guess that’s true on some level, but I guess then when pro-environmental groups speak out against the destruction of rain forests, killing of endangered species great apes etc. they aren’t respecting other cultures either. Hopefully you can see how ridiculous that argument is. I guess a lot of us are hypocrites when it comes to killing animals to get food, and I find it’s quite difficult to explain. I don’t object to killing fish (Unless the species is endangered, of course!) but I do object to any killing of whales, which includes dolphins. I don’t object to killing pigs, but I do object to killing elephants, gorillas or lions. In any of the cases where I don’t object to killing an animal, I always think that it should be done in a way that causes as little suffering as possible. So if you’re gonna kill cattle for instance, use a gun and shoot them in the head so that they’re dead instantly! Don’t fucking cut their throats or whatever ridiculous things some people do. I believe that causing suffering to an animal you’re killing to get food is dishonorable and couldn’t get more disrespectful to the animal. Look, the animal is having it’s life taken away so that you can have food, and thereby live on, do it the small favor and make sure it doesn’t suffer as it dies!!

I’d like to end my rant with a quote, because I’m not at all an original person, I just quote other people! 😛

There’s a song by Michael Jackson called Earth Song, if you havn’t heard it, I’d recommend listening to it, it’s a good song. There’s a place in it where he says the following:

“What about animals
(What about it)
We’ve turned kingdoms to dust
(What about us)
What about elephants
(What about us)
Have we lost their trust
(What about us)
What about crying whales
(What about us)
We’re ravaging the seas”

I guess that pretty much sums up this entire rant of mine!
To the people killing sharks and dolphins, remember that once you’ve killed the last one, these wonderful will never ever return! And the fault will be nothing but yours!

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