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Old 07-11-2017, 07:49 PM   #1
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Default Released a dolphin wrapped up in a long line.

Yesterday morning a friend and I came upon a large dolphin wrapped up in a commercial long line. We were about 15 miles off the coast and no one around. The dolphin was exhausted it was probably tied up for a couple days, possibly more. My buddy jumped in and was able to cut the line and completely released him. A good day.
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Well done!
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Nice. Thx from the dolphin and from me.
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tight work, when are these indiscriminate killing lines going to be banned?
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tight work, when are these indiscriminate killing lines going to be banned?
Copy that. The poor thing had to raise its head to breathe every couple minutes. It was just a small gesture on our part.
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I guarantee you that God saw that......
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The more important question is whether the federal government saw it. I strongly recommend the OP request immediate removal of this thread.
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Very cool! I agree, WELL DONE!
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Good Job!
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The more important question is whether the federal government saw it. I strongly recommend the OP request immediate removal of this thread.
Why?, I'm pretty sure its not illegal to save an animal. Besides he already said it went viral on Facebook so that toothpaste is already out of the tube.
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Why?, I'm pretty sure its not illegal to save an animal. Besides he already said it went viral on Facebook so that toothpaste is already out of the tube.
It is "illegal". Can't say they'll prosecute someone for it, but it's a marine mammal and the MMPA law doesn't allow for human interaction by the lay person.

Call up FWS and ask them. In a somewhat similar situation (seal on a CA beach that looked to be in trouble), I once did, and got to spend 5 minutes being threatened with huge fines and jail time if I "harassed" the beast - which it was implied I was doing just by existing.

Then there's the guy in Canada who got killed yesterday by a whale he'd just freed.

While on one level I applaud the people who did this, on another, I would say it is extremely unwise to rescue an animal, and also unwise to even make a phone call to get someone official to go rescue it.
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I am glad he made the rescue and hope the dolphin make a complete recovery. I'm not a fan of "swimming with the dolphins" so I think I would try to free it from the relative safety of the boat. If it looked really wounded, exhausted, struggling for air I might do the humane thing and not post about it online. Would a call to the CG result in any action or are they busy with bigger fish?
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Thanks OP , you did the right thing . I highly doubt that anything would come of this , I see things like this on news in Fl all the time .
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It is "illegal". Can't say they'll prosecute someone for it, but it's a marine mammal and the MMPA law doesn't allow for human interaction by the lay person.

Call up FWS and ask them. In a somewhat similar situation (seal on a CA beach that looked to be in trouble), I once did, and got to spend 5 minutes being threatened with huge fines and jail time if I "harassed" the beast - which it was implied I was doing just by existing.

Then there's the guy in Canada who got killed yesterday by a whale he'd just freed.

While on one level I applaud the people who did this, on another, I would say it is extremely unwise to rescue an animal, and also unwise to even make a phone call to get someone official to go rescue it.
That is the problem these days, far too many people afraid to get involved, any sportsman who is not willing to help an animal in distress is not a sportsman. Job well done by the OP.
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It is "illegal". Can't say they'll prosecute someone for it, but it's a marine mammal and the MMPA law doesn't allow for human interaction by the lay person.

Call up FWS and ask them. In a somewhat similar situation (seal on a CA beach that looked to be in trouble), I once did, and got to spend 5 minutes being threatened with huge fines and jail time if I "harassed" the beast - which it was implied I was doing just by existing.

Then there's the guy in Canada who got killed yesterday by a whale he'd just freed.

While on one level I applaud the people who did this, on another, I would say it is extremely unwise to rescue an animal, and also unwise to even make a phone call to get someone official to go rescue it.
Dude, STFU!
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It is "illegal". Can't say they'll prosecute someone for it, but it's a marine mammal and the MMPA law doesn't allow for human interaction by the lay person.

Call up FWS and ask them. In a somewhat similar situation (seal on a CA beach that looked to be in trouble), I once did, and got to spend 5 minutes being threatened with huge fines and jail time if I "harassed" the beast - which it was implied I was doing just by existing.

Then there's the guy in Canada who got killed yesterday by a whale he'd just freed.

While on one level I applaud the people who did this, on another, I would say it is extremely unwise to rescue an animal, and also unwise to even make a phone call to get someone official to go rescue it.
Dude, you need to get out more. What a boring bastid you are.
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Have you seen the night dive where the dolphin came back and thanked them?
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Great job op. If there is some stupid law against what you did effem you did the right thing.
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