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Whale Rescued by Dolphin

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Published on Mar 14, 2008

A dolphin who made a New Zealand bay her home helped a group of conservationists on Monday to save a couple of stranded whales. Let's look at this amazing story.

Malcolm Smith from the Mahia Beach conservation department rushed to the beach to rescue a female whale and her calf stuck in the shallow waters.

[Malcolm Smith, Mahia Beach Conservation Dept.]:
"They became more distressed as time wore on."

For more than an hour and a half, Smith and his friends did their best to save the whales.

[Malcolm Smith, Mahia Beach Conservation Dept.]
"I was about the give up and usually when that happens the whales stay on the beach and we have to take the stress away from the situation."

But then, Moko, the dolphin appeared in the water.

[Malcolm Smith, Mahia Beach Conservation Dept.]:
"She came directly to where we were and established contact and immediately those two whales seemed to relax."

Within minutes Moko had acquainted herself with the whales and led them to safety.

[Malcolm Smith, Mahia Beach Conservation Dept.]
"She did in a few minutes what we had actually been totally ineffective in doing over an hour and a half."

Mahia Beach is a hot spot for beached whales, where every year up to 30 stranding incidents happen.

However, the dolphin rescue was a first and was a surprise for everyone.

[Malcolm Smith, Mahia Beach Conservation Dept.]:
"This is a one of the first recorded instance for something like this happening."

Smith says that since the rescue, the whales haven't been spotted, but Moko came back to the beach and joined in games with local residents.

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