Subject: Sperm whale:Moby makes break for the sea (fwd)

Michael Williamson (pita@whale.simmons.edu)
Sun, 23 Mar 1997 18:12:52 -0500 (EST)

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Date: Sat, 22 Mar 97 17:40:00 GMT 
From: r.mallon1@genie.com
To: marmam@uvvm.uvic.ca, pita@whale.simmons.edu
Subject: Moby makes break for the sea

Moby makes break for the sea

  By Joe Quinn, PA News
   Moby the giant sperm whale was tonight thought to be heading for the safety
of
the open seas after a rescue operation off the Scottish coast.
   Volunteers succeeded in shepherding the 40 foot animal eastwards up the
Firth
of Forth and away from the dangers of the upstream shallows.
   Three more sperm whales were tonight sighted in the area and experts said
that
if the sighting was confirmed, it could indicate Moby's companions were waiting
for him to join them.
   By a stroke of fortune, Moby had lost his way in an area close to where
experts were on hand at the Deep Sea World sealife aquarium at North
Queensferry, Fife.
   He had first been sighted in the area on Thursday night, apparently stranded
on a sandbank near the Forth rail bridge.
   Drivers and animal welfare experts were alerted but the whale was able to
move
off the sandbank on a changing tide and was at that point thought to be clear
of
danger.
   But today he was spotted further upriver and fears rose that he could swim
into serious danger if he went into shallow waters.
   Volunteers in boats shepherded him, staying behind him in the hope that the
noise from the engines would persuade him to head downstream.
   And Keith Todd, curator of the Deep Sea World centre, said the tactic
appeared
to be working.
   "The whale was spotted east of Grangemouth but at the moment it is making
very good progress down the river," he said.
   He said efforts remained under way to shepherd Moby upriver and to
discourage
the three other whales sighted off Burntisland, Fife, from venturing downriver.
   "The next 48 hours are critical. Hopefully the whale will gain sufficient
strength to find its way back out to the North Sea and continue with its return
to deeper waters," Mr Todd said.