Dolphins "Protect" Chinese Vessel From Pirates
Thanks to Brian, we now know how overfishing landed Capt. Phillips (and a band of pirates) in hot water. According to Chinese state media, it seems that we have another feedback effect: marine life in the Gulf of Aden is joining the pirate fight.
The Chinese merchant ships escorted by a China's fleet sailed on the Gulf of Aden when they met some suspected pirate ships. Thousands of dolphins suddenly leaped out of water between pirates and merchants when the pirate ships headed for the China's.The tale should be read with a hefty grain of salt water (and maybe a spellchecker). Either way, as smart as those dolphins are, they're the ones that really need protection. Consider for instance the fate of China's famous baiji -- the first dolphin to go extinct at the hands of humans.
The suspected pirates ships stopped and then turned away. The pirates could only lament their littleness befor the vast number of dolphins. The spectacular scene continued for a while.
On a brighter note, another great piece of dolphin tabloid journalism from China: when the world's tallest man reached into a couple of the mammals to remove some errant plastic.
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