A baby is the definition of helpless. Human babies are especially helpless, but at least we have a society to care for and watch out for our youngsters. The wild is a completely different story. In the brutal world of survival of the fittest, it’s dog eat dog, and sometimes the smallest and weakest get the short end of the stick. So, when a baby critter from the sea gets lost, stranded, or otherwise finds itself in trouble, we humans cannot stop from wanting to help. This blog post is dedicated to all the selfless people out there who, upon discovering a sea baby in need, didn’t hesitate to lend a hand.
The strength of the sea is not only a hazard for beachgoers on holiday. It’s also pretty dangerous for sea creatures. Case In point: this story about a mother sea otter who lost her baby to the currents. Biologist Mike Harris and veterinarian Dr. Heather Harris from the Marine Mammal Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, were on scene to help. What happened was nothing short of heartwarming. How can we say that animals don’t experience emotions?
Derelict fishing gear is a huge problem for the denizens of the deep. We hear about nets and lines and hooks causing all kinds of issues for sea life. This story is a perfect example of what’s at stake. Szilard Janko is a lifeguard in South Florida. He spends most of his time on the job looking for swimmers in distress, either from drowning or from other dangers, like from sharks. He never thought he’d actually save one. And a baby to boot. Watch the video and you’ll be glad you did.
Seal pups can get into a whole lot of mischief. It seems every year there is a story about a baby pinniped that waddles far away from its home in the sea and is found in a most unlikely place. Kumofur, a 9 month old Northern Fur Seal was quite the itinerant little gal. She somehow hiked from Bodega Bay to Fremont… a distance of 100 miles! She even crossed a busy interstate to get there. Luckily she was discovered by some altruistic folks who cared for her until she could be returned to the sea.
Sometimes a wild animal just knows when you are there to help. Take the story of this little fellow, a dolphin calf who became stranded on an Australian lakeshore. Two boys out for a day of kayaking spotted the stranded mammal on the beach. After determining the animal was indeed accidentally beached, they went to work helping to get it free. Initially the little guy wanted no part of the human helping hands. However, after it was clear the boys were not going to hurt the baby dolphin, it allowed them to gently guide it back to the water.