Info: Whale Stranding New Zealand

Michael Williamson (whe_william@flo.org)
Mon, 14 Feb 1995 21:21:58

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14-Feb-95 10:20 pm Regular  National
 
STRANDED-N/L-2-DUNEDIN (REOPENS-H976)
 
Meanwhile, an attempt to rescue a rare whale stranded in
Auckland's Manukau Harbour was abandoned tonight as the whale became
a danger to its rescuers.
   A bid to place rescue mats under the Cuvier's Beaked whale and
float it off a sandbank with the high tide were abandoned when the
whale, sensing the incoming tide, began to thrash about.
   However, a spokesman for the Department of Conservation, Chris
Roberts, said he was confident that the whale would survive and
refloat itself.
   ``The whale was upright and although badly cut from the stranding
we are confident it will be swimming around the harbour tomorrow
morning.
   ``We were trying to put the whale in a pontoon and float it off
the mudbank (near Puketutu Island) but it just became too excited.
It's impossible to get the mats around a big whale when they are
moving around.''
   The whale became stranded about 2pm today.
   Mr Roberts said it had probably been chasing fish because it
seemed quite healthy and it was reasonably common for the particular
breed of whale to strand itself this way.
   A Manukau Volunteer Coastguard boat stayed with the whale
tonight.
 
 
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