In the book on some page it says what specifically he does. He cuts it loose, or he hopes it's small enough to attract other big fish. I have no idea which answer it is.. Im trying to
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The second night, Santiago gets a dolphin on the other line. He clubs it on the head, guts it, and eats it. He also finds two flying fish inside of the dolphin's stomach. Knowing which day this question comes from might make it easier to give you an answer.
The Old Man and the Sea