Thursday, March 13, 2008

This Is My Kind of Baywatch

Yesterday morning a mother and baby whale became beached in New Zealand. Rescuers tried to save them, but every time the whales tried swimming out they would get disoriented on a long sandbar and become beached again. After and hour and a half and four attempts, the mother and calf were arching their backs, panicking and calling out to one another. Rescuers prepared to humanely euthanize them.

Just in the nick of time, a local bottlenose dolphin pushed the human rescuers out of the way and immediately mother and calf calmed and submerged. Moko the dolphin seemed to consult with them for a few moments, then led them out safely past the sandbar to open water.

An hour later Moko was back playing with the local children in the surf and rescuers and researchers were rejoicing with amazement. I'm thinking bottlenose dolphins should be added to the lifeguard staff at at every beach. They call him Flipper, Flipper...

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