Diver Assists Entangled Dolphin

We initially shared a shorter version of this video on our Facebook Fanpage, but then we discovered the full 8-minute video of Keller Laros helping a dolphin remove fishing line caught in its mouth. This is an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime piece of footage with incredible implications of a depth of intelligence that many skeptics have denied. Researchers will most certainly be studying this footage for years to come.

Being divers ourselves, we immediately recognized Keller’s extensive dive experience. For non-divers, removing the fishing line may seem obvious, but it isn’t. The fact that Keller even noticed the line at all during a night dive with a dolphin swimming around his head is impressive. But Keller was also confronted with a difficult decision: should he try to remove the line and risk spooking the dolphin and thereby risk injury to himself? Clearly, Keller is a pro.

And having dabbled in the difficult art of dive photography and film, we are in AWE of Martina Wing’s exceptional underwater filming skills. From the very beginning, she expertly documents each step of the encounter. I really felt like I was on the dive myself. I cannot convey how much I love this footage. I was offended when I heard a reporter refer to the clip as “amateur footage.” Martina is no amateur. Thanks Martina for keeping your cool and documenting something truly miraculous and sharing that with the world.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Since I mentioned Neuschwanstein in our post on Rothenburg ob der Tauber, I thought I’d share it on the blog. Germany’s most famous castle, Neuschwanstein is said to have been Walt Disney’s inspiration for the castle at Disneyland. And, just like Rothenburg, Neuschwanstein is firmly on the tourist trail, so you’ll have to share it with a few other people. (Unless, like us, you are willing to wait until the castle is snowed in and then hike through knee-deep snow.) But seriously, where else can you find the archetypal castle next to a beautiful waterfall backed by the Alps overlooking Bavaria’s snowy foothills. Ludwig II of Bavaria may have Continue…

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the most touristy places in Germany. It’s also one of my favorite places in the world. The town is the spokesmodel for medieval German cute. In a country that often shuns tourist kitsch, the people of little Rothenburg ob der Tauber unapologetically embrace everything fairy tale. And I love them for it.

From the beautifully restored half-timbered houses to the traditional, deep-fried snowballs, the town is just a little more Continue…

Happy Belated New Year’s

Normally, we post our New Year’s video on December 31, but since we spent the holiday season in southern Germany with friends and family, it took a few extra days this year. 2012 took us on adventures to eight countries on three continents as we transitioned from Asia back to Europe via the U.S. Here’s to 2013, may it be full of adventures for all. šŸ™‚

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