Asia reports — A dolphin swam up to twodistressed whales that appeared headed for death in a beach strandingin New Zealand and guided them to safety, witnesses said Wednesday.
The actions of the bottlenose dolphin — named Moko by residents whosaid it spends much of its time swimming playfully with humans at thebeach — amazed would-be rescuers and an expert who said they wereevidence of the species’ friendly nature.
The two pygmy spermwhales, a mother and her calf, were found stranded on Mahia Beach,about 500 kilometers (300 miles) northeast of the capital ofWellington, on Monday morning, said a Conservation Department worker.
The Conservation workers reported that rescuers worked for more than one hour to get thewhales back into the water, only to see them strand themselves fourtimes on a sandbar slightly out to sea. It looked likely the whaleswould have to be euthanized to prevent them suffering a prolongeddeath.
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