Dolphin That Saved Whales Wins Award
Moko the dolphin saved a mother pygmy sperm whale and calf several years ago after they were stranded in a bay and didn’t know how to navigate back out to sea. A conservation officer was going to shoot the whales, but Moko appeared and began to interact with them, making noises and swimming around. The clever dolphin was able to get their attention and began leading them on a journey of about two hundred yards through the bay and out a small opening into deep water.
The conservation officer said, “It was a once in a lifetime experience to have seen that. He really was an incredible animal and it’s great he made it on to the list.” (Source: NZherald.nz) Moko was recently recognized as one of the greatest animal heroes of all time.
A documentary filmmaker who filmed Moko during the last months of his life said, “He stands out for being really the only one on there for doing something which is outside of his normal behaviour … he was rescuing another species, not from out of any trained behaviour, but out of his own free will, which I think showed compassion. I think it’s quite amazing and he hasn’t been given enough recognition.” (Source: NZherald.nz)
Sadly, his body had a number scars on it, and it was speculated he had been hit by boat propellers. Also at some point his jaw was injured by a fish hook. He was only about four years old, but he died of unknown causes last year. His funeral was attended by about 400 people.
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