Info: Pilot Whale Stranding, New Zealand

Michael Williamson (whe_william@flo.org)
Mon, 16 Jan 1995 15:41:26

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16-Jan-95 08:37 pm Regular  National
 
WHALES ALL SAFELY OUT TO SEA AFTER GROUNDING
 
 
   Wellington, Jan 16 - About 30 pilot whales which beached
themselves at Farewell Spit at 4pm today were 6-7km out to sea and
picking up speed four hours later, the Department of Conservation
reported tonight.
   The whales, which tried to ground themselves on a sand spit about
5km south of the base of Farewell Spit near Puponga, were rescued
swiftly by about 50 DOC staff and volunteers and by 8pm they were
all swimming strongly away from shore.
   Conservation officers were monitoring their progress by boat, but
it was hoped the crisis was over for the night.
   DOC advocacy manager Alan White told NZPA two pods, one of about
five whales and another of about 25, remained in the water during
the grounding and were able to be guided to deeper water quite
easily on the rising tide.
   (PICK UP EARLIER AS REQUIRED)
 
 
NZPA WGT am