Famous dolphins on film
Soul in the Sea is the true story of one woman’s quest to befriend and protect Moko, an extroverted wild dolphin.
The film premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2013 and will screen at the Film Archive along with a newsreel on two of New Zealand’s other beloved dolphins, Pelorus Jack and Opo, with footage from 1910 and 1956.
Filmed in the six months leading to Moko’s death, Soul in the Sea follows a journey of discovery, devastating loss and resolution. It’s a love story with a difference, breaking through the wall between people and animals, and celebrating friendship with a lone wild dolphin.
Soul in the Sea will screen with the newsreel, Opo, The Gay Dolphin, which was made by the National Film Unit in 1959. The newsreel is a composite of 1956 footage of Opo, and 1910 footage of Pelorus Jack.
Opo, the friendly dolphin, was protected by the small community of Opononi. Thousands of visitors flocked there to see her.
Pelorus Jack was protected by Parliament.
He delighted passengers in Pelorus Sound for more than 30 years, before mysteriously disappearing in 1916.
Soul in the Sea,
Happy days: Opo the dolphin.