However, if you'd like to savor the magic, the truth and the legend can be one and the same: who knows what really happened in 1909, after all :)
It's pretty magical to me to think that a dolphin, just doing dolphin things and playing in the wake of a giant wooden sea vessel, was enough to see those sailors through life-and-death situations.
Little reminders of good in the world, regardless of whether the reminders themselves are aware of it, can really change things for the better for a whole lot of people.
The entire south island of New Zealand is "the most beautiful"!
Here are the places in the article: https://www.google.com/maps/@-41.051886,173.738907,51935m/da...
Pelorus Sound is in the middle and extends down to Havelock. French Pass is at the top. There's not nearly as much regular boat traffic through either anymore, as most inter-island traffic takes the big Interislander ferry which comes in to Picton (just south of map), and then there's a road to Nelson (over to the west).
If this is true, it's the most amazing thing. Imagine a dolphin having a grudge with a ship
I did not know this until today.
> The pass is 500 metres (1,600 ft) across, but the main navigation channel (the "throat" or "narrows") contracts down to only 100 metres (330 ft) with a 20-metre (66 ft) deep shoaling region. Most of the rest of the pass is broken reef.
> On one side is Cook Strait with a tidal range up to 2 metres (6.6 ft), and on the other side is Tasman Bay with a tidal range up to 4 metres (13 ft). This can result in substantial pressure gradients across the pass, complicated by a phase or time difference of about 25 minutes between the high tides on either side. Peak flow in the throat of the pass is around 4 metres per second (13 ft/s).
> Near to the pass are deep holes where strong vertical flows can occur. In 2000, student divers taking part in a drift dive during the local ebb flow were separated from their surface float and caught in a whirlpool. This dragged them into "Jacob's Hole", a 68-metre (223 ft) deep depression south west of the pass. The depth of this descent resulted in multiple fatalities. The group appears to have been drawn deep into the hole and then returned to the surface again. A dive computer record of one of the survivors show a depth of up to 89-metre (292 ft). According to the coroner's report, the accident occurred on a falling tide, so the current was flowing from the south west to the north east.
Occupation - Dolphin
And as always the human being leaving his mark. One shot :(
Some can not accept that dolphins are more sophisticated than some humans, on the basis they are smart and maybe bored.
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