We hadn’t heard much about how animals fared during the Japanese tsunami on March 11. But today, I was talking to Vivian Ortiz, a friend I met because of dolphins, who recently moved to Hawaii. “Hey, did you hear about the tsunami dolphin?” she asked.
A Vivian dolphin story, I thought. This has to be good. And it was a synchro that it came from Vivian. “No, I haven’t heard about it.”
So I did. Weeks after the March 11 tsunami in Japan, a pet shop owner, Ryo Taira, and a group of volunteers have been searching for and rescuing abandoned animals. Taira got a call from another man who said he’d found what he believed was a stranded dolphin in the rice fields about a mile from the coast.
What Taira thought was a dolphin turned out to be a baby porpoise. Although the animal was weak, it had managed to stay alive. The volunteers tried to catch the porpoise with a net, but couldn’t do it, so Taira waded into the water and lifted it out of the water.
Due to the extensive damage in Japan, there wasn’t an aquarium where they could take the baby porpoise. So they wrapped it in wet towels and drove it to the to the ocean and set it free.
“I don’t know if it will live, but it’s certainly a lot better than dying in a rice paddy,” Taira told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
The original story is here.
After all the tragic news from Japan, this story seems imbued with hope.
UPDATE: As I was writing up this post, I noticed that the dot was glowing red. Sure enough, CNN is now reporting a 6.5 quake in Japan, near the 9.0, and there’s a new tsunami warning.