Fa­mous dol­phins on film

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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,

Photo: ALEXAN­DER TURN­BULL LI­BRARY

Happy days: Opo the dol­phin.

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