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Video: Fishing With Dolphins in Laguna, Brazil

Along the coast of Santa Catarina, dolphins and humans cooperate to bring in the catch.

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By Albert Sans


28 Feb 2020 - 6 Minute Read


Since 2011, I’ve been traveling the world by bicycle, and Brazil is the country that I’ve gotten to know the most deeply. I have always liked the sea, surfing, and scuba diving. That’s why, in addition to the interior, I based part of my route on the coast. One of Brazil’s best-known and most beautiful coastal regions is the state of Santa Catarina. While in the neighboring states, I heard talk of the peculiar event that occurs in a town called Laguna, where the dolphins help the humans fish in a unique type of cooperation. At first, I was a bit skeptical, so I decided to go and see it with my own eyes, and if it was real, I would make a little documentary and show the world that wonder.

One of the things that struck me the most was that this happened every day – it’s not something strange or very difficult to see. Anyone who visits Laguna can watch the dolphins corner the schools of fish along the shore, near where the fishermen are. The fish can’t escape, and both the dolphins and humans win with this strategy. The fisherman have given all the dolphins names, and can identify them without trouble by their markings, or even by their breathing at night.

This amazing display, combined with the cheerful character of the Brazilian people, creates an experience that’s difficult to forget.

Mostly in Portuguese. To view video captions, hover over the video and click on CC.

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Albert is a songwriter and filmmaker who has been traveling the world by bicycle since 2011.

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  • Pritam Misra said

    Wow. What an amazing story!! Thank you for sharing.

  • Samantha G. said

    It´s nice to see that the fishermen seem to fish there sustainably. I have seen fishermen cooperate with dolphins in Myanmar and they have to compete with the fishing boats near there that do unsustainable fishing.

  • Pedro Miguel Alexandre said

    Amazing and inspiring <3
    Just a note about this: "Mostly in Spanish. To view video captions, hover over the video and click on CC." . It's in portuguese, in brazil they do not speak spanish ;)

  • Eric Carrell said

    This is Portuguese, not Spanish - they speak Portuguese in Brazil...

  • Ellen Hall said

    Of course, you're right, Pedro. The line was copied from one of our many videos that are in Spanish, but we neglected to change it! It's been fixed. Thanks for the catch.

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