8:00 p.m. on BBC 2
Since ancient times there have been stories of dolphins rescuing humans at sea. Is there any truth behind them, or are they just myths and legends? By reconstructing two recent cases, Natural World presents startling new evidence that dolphins will deliberately help people in distress. Set against the backdrops of the Red Sea and New Zealand's North Island, the film dramatises and analyses two events where dolphins are believed to have saved swimmers from sharks, and with the help of scientists, reveals what makes a dolphin take pity on a human.
Narrator - Pete Gallagher
Director - Nick Stringer
Executive Producer - Sarah Cunliffe
Series Editor - Tim Martin
"Dolphins aren't just cute and clever - they've been known to "rescue" humans in mortal danger from sharks, according to evidence in this fascinating documentary."
"This remarkable film is primarily a rescue story resembling an edition of Michael Buerk's 999, but the resuers are dolphins, not lifeboat crew or firefighters, and the incident at its centre is scientifically suggestive as well as gripping."
The Sunday Times