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Porpoises rescue Dick Van Dyke

We often hear tales of humans going the extra mile to rescue our animal friends, but during a recent surfing trip, legendary actor Dick Van Dyke had the tables turned and received some much needed help from a few wild creatures.

The Mary Poppins star was paddling out in the ocean when he dozed off for a bit. He suddenly realized he was stranded in the middle of the water and could not see land. That's when, as the Guardian reports, he began to see fins swimming around, and he immediately assumed the worst.

"I woke up out of sight of land," he told the news source. "I started paddling with the swells and I started seeing fins swimming around me and I thought 'I'm dead!' They turned out to be porpoises, and they pushed me all the way to shore."

The gentle creatures happened to be in the right place at the right time, helping to save the legendary actor.

According to the American Cetacean Society, porpoises tend travel in packs of six to 10, but some pods have been reported to feature more than 100 of the sea creatures.
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