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Mama dolphin flips out as fishermen rescue her trapped baby

It was a feel-good “Flipper” moment — in real life.

A distressed dolphin was seen jumping for joy after a group of fishermen rescued her entangled baby from a net they cast off the island of Procida in Naples, Italy.

The clip posted to Facebook by Italian angler Mario Polizzi captures the heartwarming moment his fishing buddies rescued the trapped calf, spurring the maternal mammal to pounce and dive in apparent relief as her offspring is set free.

The anglers can be heard clapping and cheering her on as she delivers what appears to be a SeaWorld-worthy “show of thanks.” One fisherman can even be heard saying, “How nice, it’s like a movie.”

This happy ending is surely a welcome relief for environmental activists who fear curious humans are “loving” the highly intelligent marine mammal to death.

The Post reported in August that humans have bonded with dolphins in many compelling — and sometimes downright disturbing — ways, putting them at serious risk.

That’s why New Zealand officials are banning tourism attractions that offer swims with dolphins. The Bay of Islands region has suffered a 66% decline in their bottle-nose dolphin population and a 65% increase in calf mortality rate, according to New Zealand’s Department of Conservation.

“Research shows that interactions with the bottle-nose dolphins is having a significant impact on the populations resting and feeding behavior and that people are ‘loving the dolphins too much,’” a spokesperson told Euronews.

New Zealand isn’t the only tourist hub putting the squeeze on dolphin attractions. Hawaii has also considered plans to ban the practice over concerns for their rare spinner dolphin populations, blaming tourists for interrupting their mating patterns.

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