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OPO (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Barry Skelton Dolphin Book

1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, dance up to face each other between 2s and turn RH to face other partner
9-16 1s+2s dance RSh reel of 4 to end Man behind Lady facing 2L
17-24 1s+2s dance Tandem reel of 3 across and 1s end in middle facing down
25-32 1s dance down between 3s, cast up 1 place on opposite sides, cross RH and all set

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Dance Information

Opo was a bottlenose dolphin who became famous throughout New Zealand during the summer of 1955-56 for playing with the children of the small town of Opononi on the Hokianga harbour.

Opo was a wild dolphin who started following fishing boats around Opononi in early 1955 after her mother had been killed, and would swim daily in the bay close to town.

She was originally named "Opononi Jack", based on Pelorus Jack, since she was presumed to be male. Unlike the majority of dolphins, she had no qualms about human company, and would perform stunts for locals, play with objects like beach balls and beer bottles, and allow children to swim alongside her and make contact.

The Full Story Of Opo The Dolphin

Opo The Dolphin
Statue Of Opo The Dolphin In Opononi

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Text from this original Opo The Dolphin article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Sas Cuyvers.

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