What year did Opo the dolphin die?

What year did Opo the dolphin die?

9 March 1956 ‘Opononi George’ or ‘Opo’ was a young female bottlenose dolphin who warmed the hearts of thousands of people at Opononi in Hokianga Harbour between June 1955 and March 1956.

Who killed OPO?

Some suggested she was stranded while fishing. However, checks revealed Opo had been killed in an explosion using gelignite, an explosive material used by fishermen. Over the years, some in the community said fishermen were upset that the dolphin kept following the fishing boats and eating the fish.

What happened to Moko the dolphin?

Moko, short for Mokotahi, a headland on Mahia Peninsula, was three-years-old as of July 2009. Scientists were worried about Moko’s welfare after a study found he had been scarred by boats and a fish hook. He was found dead on a beach at Matakana Island near Tauranga on 7 July 2010.

Where did Opo the dolphin live?

Opo was a bottlenose dolphin who became famous throughout New Zealand during the summer of 1955/56 for playing with the children of the small town of Opononi on the Hokianga harbour.

What is the most famous dolphin?

The Bottlenose Dolphin Flipper, the world’s most famous dolphin, was a bottlenose dolphin.

What killed Moko the dolphin?

What caused the death of Moko the dolphin remains a mystery after an autopsy, the Department of Conservation (DOC) says. Boat strike and drowning through net entanglement had been ruled out as potential causes in a report released today.

What is the name of the famous dolphin?

Flipper. Of all the famous dolphins in media, Flipper is probably the most beloved. He is an iconic wild dolphin that captured the hearts of America in a 1963 film of a boy named Sandy.

How long can dolphins live?

Orca: 10 – 45 years
Striped dolphin: 55 – 60 yearsPantropical spotted dolphin: 40 yearsShort-finned pilot whale: 45 years

When was the Opononi Hotel built?

He also built a wharf, gum-store and a trading store. In 1894, Webster put the house and farm on the market. The store and gum store were taken over by Alfred Sprye Andrewes who later converted the gum store into a two storey hotel. The Opononi Post and Telephone was opened in 1892 and operated until 1989.