Keller Laros was diving off the coast of Hawaii in 2013 when he came across the unlucky dolphin, who had gotten tangled in the discarded fishing gear. In this video taken by a fellow diver, she appears to ask him for help.
She swims up to Laros and shows him where the hook is.
Laros removes the hook, but the line remains.
The dolphin stays close by as he reaches into his belt for a pair of scissors.
Once he cuts most of the line free, she swims off back into the ocean’s abyss.
Laros, who co-founded the Manta Pacific Research Foundation, a manta ray protection group, with his wife, said that although he’s rescued many animals from hooks and entanglements, this was the only dolphin. “I have removed hooks and fishing lines from many manta rays, a few turtles,” he said. “[I] even tried a shark once. The shark was not successful.”
Watch the full rescue below.
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