Members of the smartest mammal on the planet save members of the second smartest mammal on the planet. (Photo: YouTube)
A clip of a dolphin stranded on a beach isn’t all that rare. See here, here, or here.
But a video of an entire pod of dolphins approaching the shore from the distant continental slope, swimming through the shallows, and deciding en masse to strand themselves on the beach—only to be rescued by a rag-tag group of Brazilian beachgoers in a little less than four minutes?
Come se dice “viral” in Portuguese?
The stranding-turned-rescued occurred Monday morning, at Arraial do Cabo, a beach roughly two hours east of Rio de Janiero.
The video appears to be a clear example of the Anti-Genovese Syndrome.
Otherwise known as the bystander effect, the Genovese Syndome is defined as a social phenomenon in which the more people present, the less likely any of them are to help another person in distress.
Pay attention to the man in the board shorts approaching the sea creatures cautiously. Shortly thereafter, his Good Samaritanism is echoed by like-minded beachgoers who roll up their proverbial sleeves, and set about doing what they can to move the mammals back out to sea.
As for that other question you've been wondering: why do dolphins beach en masse? Scientists don't really know for sure, but a lineup of would-be suspects includes following a sick leader, Navy sonar, possibly climate change, and maybe something they ate.