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Dolphins In Rewa River Excite Residents

For retired teacher, Vueti Kosoniu of Nausori, the experience of encountering dolphins in the Rewa River on Tuesday morning was one he would cherish for a lifetime. “I’ve lived here
30 Mar 2017 11:00
Dolphins In Rewa River Excite Residents
Vueti Kosoniu shows where three dolphins were swimming in the Rewa River near Nayala sub-division in Nausori. Photo: Ronald Kumar

For retired teacher, Vueti Kosoniu of Nausori, the experience of encountering dolphins in the Rewa River on Tuesday morning was one he would cherish for a lifetime.

“I’ve lived here for a very long time and never have I seen dolphins until yesterday,” he said.

Mr Kosoniu said he also got the chance carry it as well.

The first person who spotted the three dolphins, Ropate Valemei, at first believed they were sharks.

“I took a big stick and went near the edge of the water to chase them away, and as I came closer I realised it was dolphins because of their fins and they were swimming around the shallow water,” Mr Valemei said.

Mr Valemei then called his neighbors who at first told him they must be baby sharks since the area is known for shark breeding.

He eventually filmed the three dolphins using his phone and with Mr Kosoniu’s help, carried each of the dolphins out to the deeper water.

“When we carried them to the deep they actually swam back to the shallow water and it looked like they were a family,” Mr Valemei said.

The sight of the dolphins caused a stir amongst residents living along the Nayala subdivision along the Rewa River.

“If we hadn’t rescued them they would have died yesterday,” Mr Kosoniu said.

The residents along the area are expected to be seeing more dolphin sightings in the area.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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