BEIJING, April 14 (RIA Novosti) - A pod of dolphins
has hampered an attempted Somali pirate attack on a convoy of
Chinese commercial vessels in the Gulf of Aden, Chinese media
reported on Tuesday.
International Radio China reported that more than 1,000
dolphins had encircled several Chinese ships sailing through
the Gulf of Aden on Monday, creating a live barrier between the
commercial vessels and the Somali pirates.
The China Daily reported that the dolphins "suddenly
leaped out of water between the pirates and merchants when the
pirate ships headed for the Chinese vessels." The pirates were
unable to approach the Chinese commercial vessels and had to
According to official reports, 20% of the 1,265 Chinese
commercial vessels that passed through the Gulf of Aden in 2008
came under pirate attack.
Around 20 warships from the navies of at least 10
countries are involved in anti-piracy operations off Somalia.
The Chinese Navy has escorted some 200 vessels through the
pirate-infested waters off the East African country, which has
no functioning government after years of civil war.