A recent story, that appears to have originated on Chinese news radio and picked up by Xinhuanet, suggests that thousands of dolphins helped protect a Chinese ship from attacking Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Best line in the whole thing:
The suspected pirates ships stopped and then turned away.Â The piratesÂ could only lament their littleness befor [sic] the vastÂ number of dolphins. The spectacular scene continued for a while.
While the story is, at the very least, over-exaggerated, and likely completely made-up, it’s interesting that this narrative has caught peoples’ attention (as of April 17th, it had been bookmarked 55 times on Delicious and had been dugg 43 times). My simple question is: why?