Dolphin Rescue Hawaii

In January, 2013, a wild Pacific Bottlenose dolphin, entangled in fishing line and hook, approached divers engaged in a Manta Ray Night Dive activity. The dolphin appeared to approach divers in the group, waiting as three removed the fishing line and hook from its mouth and pectoral fin.

The rescue was captured on video by Martina Wing, generating 27 million You Tube hits, and counting plus world-wide exposure through productions by National Geographic, BBC and CBC.

The rescued dolphins’ name is Notch and this 10 minutes short film ties together sightings before the rescue, the “goose-bumps generating” rescue, and the reunion as Notch was seen again one year later.

  • Martina Wing
  • Martina S. Wing
  • E. Ryan Leinbach
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 3, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • MY Hero
Director Biography - Martina Wing

Trained as an environmental engineer, Martina Wing fell in love with the ocean in 1998 after scuba diving with manta rays for the first time. Changing her life to dedicate time to the water, Martina now co-owns a small production company, which specializes in underwater photography in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
She also co-founded the non-profit organization "Hawaii Ocean Watch" with the mission to establish safe and sustainable programs of passive interaction between people and marine life.

Her passion for the Manta Rays knows no bounds. Martina has logged over 4,000 dives with them, always with a camera. This constant exposure combined with her knack for record-keeping is the base of vast data information about the Manta Rays that live along the West Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii found at

Underwater Photographer since 1998 in Hawaii, USA - Manta Ray Advocate - Ocean Educator - Conservationist - Entrepreneur - Engineer - Originally from Germany, Immigrated to USA in 2001

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Director Statement

"I was at the right time at the right place when the rescue took place. I am honored to share the footage with all of you.
Let's make better decisions for the ocean and the creatures that inhabit it. I strive to make a difference, and you can make one, too!"