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Watch: Auckland boatie saves baby dolphin tangled in fishing line

An Auckland boatie has saved a baby dolphin from a slow and painful death after it was spotted tangled in fishing line.

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Steve Hathaway was cruising with friends near Waiheke Island when he spotted the dolphin struggling to swim. Source: Supplied

Steve Hathaway was cruising with friends near Waiheke Island over the weekend when he spotted the dolphin struggling to swim.

A bundle of netting was cutting into its fin.

Hathaway, who runs a charity called Young Ocean Explorers, hopes the video serves as a warning to those fishing the Hauraki Gulf this summer to be mindful of their waste.