Few things in the animal kingdom inspire the spirit of playfulness more than the dolphin. With extensive research and training, it is clear that these cetacean mammals display super intelligence and an affinity for their human counterparts.

But even more remarkable, are the countless stories of wild dolphins saving humans in open waters. A young boy in Southern Italy was saved from drowning by a dolphin known locally as Filippo. A pod of dolphins circled a shark bitten surfer until he was able to make it back to the California shore. And a group of 12 divers who found themselves surrounded by sharks in The Red Sea, were attended to for 13 hours by a pod of wild dolphins. Not only did the dolphins keep the sharks at bay, but they also showed the rescue boat where each diver was until all the humans had been saved.

On National Dolphin Day, we celebrate these aquatic wonders that appear to be man’s best ocean friend.

Today we also celebrate: International Laverbread Day, Look Up at the Sky Day, National Ex-Spouse Day, National Gardening Day, National Pan American Day, National Pecan Day, and National Reach As High As You Can Day