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.

Image Credit: blogs.nus.edu.sg

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152 comments

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley4 years ago

Wonederful, wonderful--it's great he was so honored!
What stands out most, to me, in this article (which is great!) is the admission of the dolphin's compassion--other animals have shown compassion also, and it has been documented. I know, and have heard of more, humans who have sadly lacked this most admirable trait! Isn't it time we gave the animals the credit they deserve? Of course, I'm "preaching to the choir here"--here at Care 2 we DO give the animals credit!

Maria S.
Maria S.4 years ago

Dolphins are amazing creatures. Thanks for sharing.

Jaqualine R.
Jaqualine Rowe4 years ago

Conservation officer my foot. Why was he going to shoot them....does he know what his title means?

Lidia F.
Lidia E F.4 years ago

That conservation officer was a piss anty for wanting to kill the whales.Why is that always their first,and last resort?.Dolphins are so loving,and intelligent.Plan on swimming with them before I pass on.

Melinda K.
Past Member 4 years ago

what a joy to watch the playfulness!

Pat Vee
Pat Vee4 years ago

We very often see these wonderful creatures,they are a joy to watch.

jane richmond
jane richmond4 years ago

We destroy what we don't understand.

Sabrina C.
Sabrina Cordon5 years ago

amazing how much more compassionate for others animals can be!

Klaus P.
Klaus Peters5 years ago

Sadly we destroy anything that is good in this world, poor Moko.

Christa Deanne
Oceana Ellingson5 years ago

Dolphins are such intelligent creatures.. how amazing.