Inter-species rescue

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Wildlife officials in New Zealand say they amazed at what may be the first documented case of a dolphin rescuing stranded whales and guiding them back to open water. Bottlenose dolphin Noko has regulariy played with swimmers and frollicked in the surf at Mahia Beach since she took up residence there the year before. Whale rescuers say they were about to give up on trying to get two pygmy sperm whales, a mother and her calf, back out to sea when Moko rushed in and began to “communicate” with the two other marine animals. Conversation officer Malcolm Smith said he could hear the wales and the dolphin making noises, apparently to one another, before Moko escorted the whales through a narrow channel leading to the open sea.

“I was not aware dolphins could communicate with pygmy sperm whales, but but something happened to guide those two whales to safety.” Smith told reporters.

Dave Klug