A dolphin found tangled in fishing line is once again free, thanks to two lifeguards who rushed to his aid. Rescuers say that before swimming away, the animal stopped to show what appeared to be a hint of gratitude.
Following reports that a dolphin had been seen struggling in the waters near the Oceanside Municipal Pier in southern California, lifeguards Ryan Thompson, Greg Trebbe and Emile Lagendijk hurried out in a rescue boat to help, news station KGTV reports.
After Thompson and Trebbe entered the water, they quickly discovered that the dolphin's tail was caught in a string of braided nylon rope. While Thompson patted and spoke to the animal to calm him, Trebbe worked to cut the line away.
"I'm sure it wasn't super keen on being handled but it was very docile," Trebbe told U-T San Diego.
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