Dolphins, Whales, Marine Mammal Medic course, Whale Rescue Team
At New Zealand Underwater’s AGM dinner on 2 June at the Western Underwater Club rooms in New Lynn Auckland the Award was presented to Jo ‘Floppy’ Halliday. Jo was nominated by a past recipient of the Award, Ingrid Visser who runs Orca Research Trust. Jo has dedicated years of her life to working with the dolphins of the Bay of Islands and knows many by sight. She was introduced to the world of whales and dolphins by Steve Whitehouse, who pioneered whale rescues in the 1970s. Jo has spent countless hours at strandings and has taught many people the Marine Mammal Medic course on how to properly assist stranded whales and dolphins.
Her day time job is as a ‘Dolphinologist’ with Fullers Great Sights in the Bay of Islands. She loves her job of showing visitors her wonderful dolphins and says working with the dolphins is so enjoyable it keeps her very young at heart!
Jo is a member of the newly formed Whale Rescue Team which is ready to spring into action the moment a stranding occurs on the Northland coast. She is a proof that: One person can make a difference!