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Saved by Dolphins

  • 2008
  • 1 hour
  • BBC/AP

Since ancient times, there have been legends of dolphins rescuing humans at sea. Two recent cases where swimmers were rescued from sharks by dolphins seem to show that the legends are true. Dramatisations from the Red Sea and New Zealand’s North Island help scientists analyse what makes dolphins take pity on humans.



"Dolphins can recognise their own reflection in a mirror - which, as any teenage girl can testify - is a sure sign of self-awareness. Now it transpires that dolphins are also capable of self-sacrifice and altruism' - Times Online
"Dramatic reconstructions" - Daily Express, Pick of the Day
"I can't remember a film that so effectively combines such exciting storytelling with such profound insights into nature". - Tim Martin, Series Editor, BBC Natural World


  • Narrator:
    Pete Gallagher
  • Photography:
    Rory McGuinness
  • Music:
    George Taylor and Didier Messidoro
  • Editors:
    Richard WIlkinson
  • Producer/Director:
    Nick Stringer
  • Executive Producer:
    Sarah Cunliffe


  • Missoula International Wildlife Film Festival:
    Finalist, Best TV Programme