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Tech-savvy dolphin retrieves woman's dropped smartphone

A cell phone dropped into the Atlantic Ocean is returned to its owner by a helpful dolphin.

Thank you, dolphin. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

If you drop your cell phone into a large body of water, you don't have a lot of options. You can wave goodbye and look forward to a new phone. You can go after it, getting soaked in the process. Or you can have a smart dolphin go pick it up for you.

That last option was available to Teressa Cee, a dancer for the Miami Heat professional basketball team, during a recent visit to the Bahamas.

Cee posted a video on Facebook late last month taken at Blue Lagoon Island, a place that lets people hang out with dolphins and sea lions.

Cee sets the scene: "We were filming on this floating platform in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. So, against my better judgment I asked someone to hold my phone for me and he accidentally dropped my phone into the water and it sank to the bottom."

A dolphin named Cacique saw the phone fall and politely went down to fetch it and bring it back, adding a high-pitched squeak on delivery. Cee's video shows the good-Samaritan dolphin in action.

It's fortunate for Cee that the dolphins haven't left for their home planet yet. (So long, and thanks for all the fish!)

This isn't the first time marine-related life has tangled with technology. Back in 2012, a greedy seagull appeared to abscond with a GoPro. A penguin-egg-eating Striated Caracara bird took off with a disguised camera owned by some BBC documentarians and unwittingly became an aerial photographer in the process. At least Cacique the dolphin had the kindness to give the gadget back.

(Via Tastefully Offensive)