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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Dolphin Saves Whales

Two pygmy sperm whales had repeatedly beached themselves on a New Zealand coast. When rescue efforts failed, both the whales and the team were ready to give-up. Then Moko appeared and saved the day!

Moko is a bottlenose dolphin residents named because she likes to play with swimmers. But on this day, Moko had a mission.

According to witnesses, the dolphin swam toward the rescue group and the whales and began "jabbering." A scientist watching the exchange said, "I don't speak whale and I don't speak dolphin, but there was obviously something that went on because the two whales changed their attitude from being quite distressed to following the dolphin..."

Moko led the whales to the open sea, where they have since been spotted. The scientist quoted above went against his scientific stance, swam into the bay, and gave Moko a pat for a job well-done.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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