Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Inter-species refloating technique

I heard a heart-warming story today: On Monday, a resident dolphin off Mahia Beach on New Zealand’s North Island helped two beached whales swim back into the sea preventing potential death. Two Pygmy Sperm whales (mother and calf) became stranded on-shore and failed to return to the water after several rescue attempts made by volunteers. Conservation workers believed that the two whales would have been euthanised if it had not been for the efforts of the dolphin. A bottlenose dolphin, named Moko, detected the distress signals from the Pygmy Sperm whales (mother and calf) and intervened after volunteers had tried for an hour to coax the whales back into the water. A volunteer rescuer described the heroic efforts of the dolphin as it pushed its way between the humans and whales and guided the whales through a channel back into the sea. The whales were not seen after the rescue however the dolphin returned to the shore to play with local residents. What a beautiful story.

Just in case you were wondering, Ta Moko which is also known as Moko, is the permanent body and face markings used byindigenous people of New Zealand who are known as Maoris. It was used in the 19th and 20th centuries for several reasons including the display of rank or status; attracting the opposite sex and signifying the transition from childhood to adulthood. Today, Moko is more commonly used to signify Maori cultural identity.

Sources:
(1) http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=174041
(2) http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/theworld/2008/March/theworld_March509.xml&section=theworld
(3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C4%81_moko#T.C4.81_moko_Today

1 comment:

J A G U A R I T O said...

Awww, what a great, heartwarming story with which to start off my day! Thank you for sharing! :-)