NZ dolphin rescues beached whales

Moko is well known locally for playing with swimmers in the bay

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 he gave the dolphin a pat to say thank you
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." 
Back at play 
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."


Yes, dolphins are great psychotherapists...and not just for beached whales. If you follow cetological [the study of  whales, dolphins, and porpoises] reports, dolphins have helped treat humans with a variety of ills: they have cured depression, anxiety, relationship problems, etc...even diagnosing and marking breast CA in women...all spontaneously...untrained and unasked...gratis! Courtesy of their sonar and 'good will to all'.

They reportedly prefer children to adults, women to men, gay men to straight men.

I have swum with wild spinner dolphins at the jet-black volcanic beaches on the southern tip of the Big Island, HI. They seem to like people who do dolphin kick...!

The wild spinners led us out to sea about half an hour, we thought they were whistling and passing below us...large shadows...but no,
our friends on the cliff, asked us how it was swimming with the whales...we turned and saw a half dozen or so whales fluking where we just been swimming.

If we don't totally poison the seas, the dolphins/whales/porpoises may be around long after the human race has extinguished itself.
Some scientists believe they are the smartest species on the planet. They bury their dead, they don't worry about taxes or money, they spend most of their time sporting around...so who is the smarter species, us or them!?!

They are certainly one of the kindest creatures on the planet... and the most fun!

So ...this isn't just another fish story, is it?