Moko, a bottlenose dolphin well known by residents of a beach near Wellington, New Zealand was observed by several credible witnesses as she rescued two pygmy sperm whales, a mother and her calf. The pygmy sperm whales, about the size of dolphins themselves, had become trapped on the beachward side of some sandbars. Human rescuers had arrived to try to guide them back out to sea, but the whales had become disoriented and were showing signs of distress.
Then Moko arrived, and led the two whales out around a sandbar, back into open water. The two whales have not been seen again near any beach.
Moko, who commonly comes around to play with boats and with people swimming at local beaches, clearly has no problems with the idea of socializing with other species. She is a wild dolphin, but stories of the rescue of human beings by wild dolphins have been told for centuries. This is the first time a wild dolphin has been witnessed coming to the assistance of a non-human species.
For the sake of marine biodiversity, and multiculturalism on land and at sea, we thank you, Moko.