Tauranga’s favourite dolphin Moko has been found dead on an island off the coast of the port city. Department of Conservation area manager Andrew Baucke said Moko’s death was a sad loss. “The way Moko interacted with people really inspired public interest and care for dolphins and marine mammals, and their environment in general,” Baucke said. “I’m sure those who got to see and swim with him will treasure those memories.” Moko first became a celebrity three years ago after amusing swimmers off the North Island’s east coast by playing ball games with them. On one occasion he was credited with saving the lives of stranded pygmy sperm whales by guiding them to safety in deeper waters. He even has his own Facebook page, with more than 5 friends.
Moko: 2006 – 7 July 2010