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Police inquire into attack on dolphin

Police inquire into attack on dolphin

Police in New Zealand are investigating reports that a boisterous teenage dolphin with a reputation for stealing surfboards and balls from swimmers was attacked with a paddle after annoying a canoeist.
Named Moko, the solo bottlenose dolphin has spent the past three years swimming with people on North Island's east coast, pushing them out to sea on surfboards, even leaving one woman stranded on a sea buoy when he stole her surfboard. He's also overturned kayaks, tipped over water skiers and even interfered with surf lifeguard training.
Last week Moko went missing from his usual haunts, only to resurface 100km to the north amid reports the 250kg dolphin had become boisterous with people out paddling in traditional-style Maori canoes. Some paddlers reported being blocked from coming to shore by Moko on Wednesday and Department of Conservation staff had reports that a woman hit the dolphin with a paddle, possibly cutting his skin.
Conservation department regional manager Andy Bassett said Friday that his staff had found Moko near Whale Island area "back to his usual antics, which tells us he's OK."


Updated : 2021-10-17 01:38 GMT+08:00