Subject: Info: WHALE 2 SYDNEY

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 6 Mar 1995 23:47:55

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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.