Dolphins, Our Aquatic Friends
Most of us have enjoyed seeing human and dolphin interaction either live or on film. Dolphins not only can be trained to do some amazing tricks, they also genuinely like being around people. They go out of their way to help humans. In both Africa and South America dolphins regularly come to certain areas of the coast to herd fish inshore so that the people there can catch them. Even though the dolphins are quite capable of catching any fish they want, they make a point of helping the humans involved, even to the point of giving and receiving directions on how best to herd the fish. If that werenít enough to show their goodwill towards people they have even put themselves between sharks and human in order to save the humanís lives. This is exactly what happened last year when swimmers were threatened by a 10-foot long shark off the beach on the North Island of New Zealand. Half a dozen dolphins circled the swimmers for 40 minutes until the swimmers were able to get to the beach.
The unanswered question in all of this is why? Why do dolphins that do not need our help in anything continually help us? Evolutionists who promote survival of the fittest and selfish gene ideas are utterly perplexed by dolphin behavior. Creationists do have some possible explanations for their altruistic actions. One, it could a left over from the pre-sin world in which Adam and Eve were truly in charge of the animals. Perhaps the dolphins have some kind of residual memory of those days. Another possibility is that in the pre-sin world in which animals cooperated and didnít compete, some degree of collective memory of that time still remains in the dolphins. Of course all of this is conjecture. Nobody but God and possibly the dolphins know why they do what they do. But while this kind of behavior is utterly perplexing to evolutionists, it is not at all contrary to what might be expected in a God created world.