Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Received: from FLO.ORG by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V4.3-10 #8767) id <01HNU17D1XB4004LVA@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU>; Mon, 06 Mar 1995 23:45:55 -0500 (EST) Date: Mon, 06 Mar 1995 23:46:43 -0500 (EST) From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Subject: Info: WHALE 2 SYDNEY To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <950306234643.64cd@FLO.ORG> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 6-MAR-1995 14:45:33.94 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: WHALE 2 SYDNEY Date: Mon, 6 Mar 1995 12:09:00 UTC Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Comments: Warning -- original Sender: tag was rbaird@SOL.UVIC.CA From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: WHALE 2 SYDNEY X-To: email@example.com To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> WHALE 2 SYDNEY Australian Associated Press SYDNEY - Marine experts would try today to return a two-metre whale to sea after the mammal became stranded at a northern Sydney beach. Mr Davies said wild ocean conditions prevented returning the whale to sea from the beach because officers were unable to stand in raging water in order to hold the mammal in a special tarpaulin cradle. Officers based at Garigal National Park loaded George onto a truck and took the whale overland in a delicate operation to more protected waters at Fisherman's Beach at Long Reef Point. They would try to launch George back to sea from there later today. Although not unusual, the overland operation had the potential to be fraught with difficulties, Mr Davies said. He cited an incident in Western Australia some years ago when a distressed whale thrashed around on the back of a truck so much it ended up on the road. Melon headed whales were commonly found in deep ocean water. "From time to time they appear on the Australian coast and become stranded," Mr Davies said. He said he was confident the whale could be released successfully later today.