Thousands of dolphins blocked the suspected Somali pirate ships when they were trying to attack Chinese merchant ships passing the Gulf of Aden, the China Radio International reported on Monday.(Photo: Cri.cn)
BEIJING, April 14
(Xinhuanet) -- Thousands of dolphins blocked the suspected Somali pirate ships
when they were trying to attack Chinese merchant ships passing the Gulf of Aden,
the China Radio International reported on Monday.
The Chinese merchant ships escorted by a China's fleet
sailed on the Gulf of Aden when they met some suspected pirate ships. Thousands
of dolphins suddenly leaped out of water between pirates and
merchants when the pirate ships headed for the China's.
The suspected pirates ships stopped and then turned
away. The pirates could only lament their littleness befor the
vast number of dolphins. The spectacular scene continued for a while.
China initiated its three-ship escort task force on
Dec. 26 last year after the United Nations Security Council called on countries
to patrol gulf and waters off Somalia, one of the world's busiest marine routes,
where surging piracy endangered intercontinental shipping.
China's first fleet has escorted 206 vessels,
including 29 foreign merchant vessels, and successfully rescued three foreign
merchant ships from pirate attacks.
About 20 percent of Chinese merchant ships passing through
the waters off Somalia were attacked by pirates from January to November in
2008, before the task force was deployed.
A total of seven ships, either owned by China or
carrying Chinese cargo and crew, were hijacked.
Tianyu No. 8, a Chinese fishing vessel with 16
Chinese and eight foreign sailors aboard, was captured by Somali pirates on
Nov. 14 and released in early February.
The second fleet of Chinese escort ships arrived at the
Gulf of Aden on Monday to replace the first fleet.
(Xinhua and Cri contributed to the story)