BY MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD
A heart-warming true story of compassion and kindness that educates children about the importance of preserving the world’s ecosystems.
A beautiful wild dolphin approaches humans for help escaping from a fishing line, then waits patiently while divers free him – and the whole encounter is caught on video.
Notch’s story instantly became a viral sensation – with over 30+ Million views and counting. After being flooded with thousands of emails and positive feedback from the around the world, the underwater camerawoman who filmed Notch’s rescue, Martina Wing, was inspired to share the uplifting, educational story with children.
Based on the video footage, the book follows Notch’s journey from playing with his family, through the entanglement with a fishing line, his search for help, and finally his rescue by scuba divers. This beautifully illustrated story teaches children, trust, live, and hope – with important messages about conservation, environmental protection and empowerment to act with kindness and compassion for one another.
A TRUE STORY THAT MATTERS
Notch’s story resonates – after all, he isn’t just another fictional cartoon character, but a real, wild, bottlenose dolphin living off the coast of beautiful Kona, Hawaii. And like all of the ocean’s residents, Notch is affected daily by the actions of humans in his environment.
In January 2013, a local dive team was swimming with manta rays off the Kona coastline. Divers and snorkelers bring powerful lights and cameras to enjoy observing the gentle, majestic mantas as they feed on plankton after dark.
On this night, the group was approached by a wild dolphin who swam closer and closer, moving among them without fear. The reason for this unusual dolphin behavior quickly became apparent when the injured dolphin turned toward one diver- to show him the fishing line that he was entangled in. A hook lodged in his pectoral fin had wrapped his head in fishing line, severely and dangerously restricting his ability to swim freely.
The dolphin paused near a dive master, who compassionately worked to remove the hook and line- saving Notch’ life. Luckily for all of us, the entire encounter was caught on video. The breathtaking footage – demonstrating the incredible power of trust and hope – was captured my Martina Wing.
Notch’s rescue continues to awe and inspire us all – fueling hope for a better tomorrow, filled with peace and harmony between species.