|Surrounded by the boogie boards and noodles that he loved|
Click on the link to hear Moko's farewell - Farewell Moko
|Moko arrives escorted by friends and "Moko Minders"|
Click here to listen to the Pōwhiri & the lamenting call of the karanga
|The crowd awaits Moko's arrival|
|Pouroto Ngaropo from Ngati Awa|
|Kirsty welcomes everyone to Moko's Memorial|
Watene made the crowd laugh with his story of Moko- The Guy in the Jockeys
|Preschoolers leave Moko their tributes|
Kirsty reads Little Orchard's words
More photos from the day-
|Signing Moko's casket|
Whakaaria Mai- How Great Thou Art
Hallelujah Moko sung by Pastor Andre
Moko was then taken by boat for his final ride down the Whakatane River past all his favourite spots and around to Otarawairere Bay and his favourite buoy-
Today Moko and his minders crossed the Tauranga harbour to Matakana Island where he will be laid to rest on one of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand.
As the barge made it's way across the water, the sun broke through the clouds and I said a final silent farewell to Moko; Rest In Peace beautiful boy, MyMateMoko.
Tangaroa has called you home, resting forever in the shadow of scared Mauao-
And one final note for those in the future that happen across my blog and wonder how Moko met his maker- we are informed that he didn't have any signs of blunt force trauma so we can discount him being hit by a boat and he also didn't drown so he wasn't caught in a net. Small consolations.
Direct from the pathology report sent to media -
"The liver contained a large amount of gold/orange pigment, which was negative on iron stains and was interpreted as bile. This pigment was present both within cells and between cells, presumably in small bile ductules. No further evaluation of the nature of any underlying liver disease was possible. This change within the liver is likely to be due to obstructed excretion of bile, which can occur in a number of liver diseases. Unfortunately, due to the extent of post mortem degeneration of the tissues, it is not possible to determine what the liver disease was, or how severe it was. It is possible though that this may have contributed to the death of the dolphin."You can read the full Pathology Report here.
"There was, however, no evidence of infection of the remaining teeth or of the bone surrounding the damaged teeth, so it is unlikely that this was associated with his death."
My tribute to an amazing dolphin who brought so much joy to so many, Moko we will miss you-
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