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Locals from the Ngunguru village were quick to call Dr Ingrid Visser with regards to a stranded bottlenose dolphin.  She was situated on the sandspit side of the estuary, requiring ferrying across to be able to help her.  Local boat owners were very kind in helping with this and also provided follow-up assistance allowing other members of the group to be photographed.

This female dolphin was nick-named 'Guru' after her stranding location.  She comfortably awaited rescue as the tide returned.  Dr Visser was able to take measurements and assess her overall condition.  From photographs taken at the rescue and once she was released, Floppy (Jo) Haliday, another Whale Rescue team member was able to identify her.  This dolphin is known in the Bay of Islands as 'Dolly' so her name became 'Dolly-Guru'.  She has since been repeatedly sighted in the Bay of Islands - clearly showing that rescues are worthwhile and do allow individuals to return to their home ranges.

Rescue Images
Quick Facts

Name Bottlenose dolphin
Bottlenose dolphin
Suborder Odontoceti
Family Delphinidae
Max. size - Male 3.8 m (12.4 ft)
Calf size 1-1.3 m (3.2-4.2 ft)
Max. weight - Male 650 kg
Food generalist feeders taking fish, squid and occasionally crustaceans (e.g., shrimp)
Latin name Tursiops truncatus
Location Ngunguru Estuary
Number of Whales 1
Number rescued/saved 1
At this rescue

Dr. Ingrid N. Visser – Whale Rescue Co-Founder

Dr. Ingrid N. Visser – Whale Rescue Co-Founder

Ingrid has attended numerous mass and individual strandings.  She is experienced in sampling and data collection at these events, and in the use of refloatation Rescue Pontoons and other rescue equipment.  She has served on the Board and was a trainer for another stranding rescue group.


With special thanks to

To all those from Ngunguru who were able to help Dolly-Guru.

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