Info: Stranding in New Zealand

Michael Williamson (whe_william@flo.org)
Mon, 22 Aug 1995 07:14:08

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18-Aug-95 12:26 am Regular  International
 
WHALE RESCUE UNDERWAY AT FRASER ISLAND
 
 
   Maryborough, Qld, Aug 17 AAP - Rescuers tonight were battling to
save the life of a whale that stranded itself on Fraser Island
today.
   The 4.5-metre humpback whale was stranded about half a kilometre
north of Wathumba Creek, at the northern end of the island.
   Acting manager for Great Sandy Region Lachlan Fullerton said four
Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH) staff were with the
whale to keep it wet and stop it stressing.
   Mr Fullerton said the department's vessel Yarralee was due at the
site tonight with four staff on board to assess the situation and
formulate a strategy to release the mammal.
   ``It has signs of shark bites. There are a lot of puncture marks
over the whale's body,'' he said.
   Experts at Seaworld on the Gold Coast had been contacted for
advice and a police vessel was also on its way to the whale to
collect blood samples and return them to the mainland for analysis.
   ``We want to see if the animal is suffering any disease,'' Mr
Fullerton said.
 
 
AAP jc