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Old 03-12-2008, 05:23 PM
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NZ dolphin rescues beached whales

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NZ dolphin rescues beached whales

A dolphin has come to the rescue of two whales which had become stranded on a beach in New Zealand.


Conservation officer Malcolm Smith told the BBC that he and a group of other people had tried in vain for an hour and a half to get the whales to sea.

The pygmy sperm whales had repeatedly beached, and both they and the humans were tired and set to give up, he said.

But then the dolphin appeared, communicated with the whales, and led them to safety.

The bottlenose dolphin, called Moko by local residents, is well known for playing with swimmers off Mahia beach on the east coast of the North Island.

Mr Smith said that just when his team was flagging, the dolphin showed up and made straight for them.

"I don't speak whale and I don't speak dolphin," Mr Smith told the BBC, "but there was obviously something that went on because the two whales changed their attitude from being quite distressed to following the dolphin quite willingly and directly along the beach and straight out to sea."

He added: "The dolphin did what we had failed to do. It was all over in a matter of minutes."

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Mr Smith said he felt fortunate to have witnessed the extraordinary event, and was delighted for the whales, as in the past he has had to put down animals which have become beached.

He said that the whales have not been seen since, but that the dolphin had returned to its usual practice of playing with swimmers in the bay.

"I shouldn't do this I know, we are meant to remain scientific," Mr Smith said, "but I actually went into the water with the dolphin and gave it a pat afterwards because she really did save the day."
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that's a cute story. happy.
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Re: NZ dolphin rescues beached whales

just FYI, the pygmy sperm whale is not much bigger than the bottlenose dolphin. when i first read the article, i was picturing big huge whales. but i read again and looked up the pygmy sperm whale on Wikipedia.

anyway, does anybody know if it is a known fact that dolphins and whales communicate with each other?
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i dunno how accurate this article is, but bottlenose dolphins are known as toothed whales. http://graysreef.noaa.gov/tw/whales.html
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i dunno how accurate this article is, but bottlenose dolphins are known as toothed whales. http://graysreef.noaa.gov/tw/whales.html
i think that site is basically calling anything in the Cetacea order whales. the Cetacea order includes everything that we call dolphins, whales, and porpoises. but bottlenose dolphins are in the Delphinidae family and pygmy sperm whales are in the Kogiidae family - personally i'm not sure how much of a difference that makes though.
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Re: NZ dolphin rescues beached whales

I think I read somewhere that Killer Whales belong to the dolphin family so maybe other species overlap somehow. That would explain why they can communicate with each other.
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