Subject: Info: Pilot Whale Stranding

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 13 Feb 1995 19:13:51

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14-Feb-95 12:16 am Regular  National
 
MORE THAN 20 PILOT WHALES STRANDED OFF OTAGO COAST
 
 
   Dunedin, Feb 13 - Twenty pilot whales were floundering on a rock
platform off the Waianakarua River mouth late tonight in the largest
mass stranding in Otago for at least six years.
   The Department of Conservation planned to begin a rescue attempt
at the site, north of Hampden, from first light tomorrow.
   DOC`s Dunedin centre manager, Chris Stewart, said the whales were
spotted ``thrashing around'' about 3pm today, but the stranding was
not officially reported until 8pm when local residents raised the
alert.
   He said the whales were trapped on a rock platform and some
adjacent reefs and were believed to have ``come in on the high
tide''.
   High tide was due again at 3am tomorrow.
    ``They may well float out again, but we don`t hold out much hope
of them doing that,'' Mr Stewart said.
   Three DOC staff members were at the scene of the stranding late
tonight and Mr Stewart said the rescue effort would be stepped up
from 5.30am tomorrow.
   It was the largest whale stranding in the region for at least six
years since an incident at Warrington Beach.
   This one was ``slightly unusual'' because most stranded whales
were stuck on sandy beaches, Mr Stewart said.
 
 
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