BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhuanet) -- Thousands of dolphins blocked the suspected Somali pirate ships when they were trying to attack Chinese merchant ships passing the Gulf of Aden, the China Radio International reported on Monday.
The suspected pirates ships stopped and then turned away. The pirates could only lament their littleness before the vast number of dolphins. The spectacular scene continued for a while.
I wondered how a thousand-strong pod of dolphins managed to thwart a fleet of fearsome Somali pirates..then I saw their vessels:
Really, boys, that's the best you can do?
Our heroes of the day are most likely Arabian common dolphins (Delphinus tropicalis), found in the coastal waters of the Arabian Sea, from the Gulf of Aden and the Persian Gulf to the Malabar Coast of India and the South China Sea.
According to marinebio.org,
These animals are very social and often travel in enormous pods of more than a thousand. They're known for their high leaps out of the water, sometimes simultaneously in groups, and they enjoy riding the bow waves of boats for long periods of time. They are a very energetic and highly vocal species that produce a variety of whistles, pulses, and clicks that are easily heard by divers.
All the more reason to protect our flippered friends.