Case Study: Resuce whale vs weather

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WINDS THWART WHALE RESCUE
 
   SYDNEY, Nov 7 AAP - Strong winds lashing much of eastern
Australia have ended hopes that today would be the day a nine-metre
whale finally made it out of the Manning River on the central New
South Wales coast and back to sea.
   The 10-tonne Brydes whale, nicknamed Willie by the media and
Pimpernel by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), has
made the river its home for almost 12 weeks and frustrated previous
attempts to coax it out.
   NPWS executive director of operations Alastair Howard said in a
statement 30 to 40 knot winds meant a rescue attempt today would be
too risky.
   The plan had been to use a revolutionary whale harness, made by
the Sea World aquarium on the Queensland Gold Coast, to float to
enormous mammal over a sandbank at the rivers mouth which the whale
had been able cross.
   Concerns about the animal's health were growing daily and Mr
Howard said the rescue had been re-rescheduled for 5.30am tomorrow,
weather permitting.