Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Project Jonah Volunteers Keep Watch for Whales

Press Release
16 November, 2012


Project Jonah Volunteers Keep Watch for Whales


Project Jonah Marine Mammal Medics are today monitoring the Golden Bay shoreline for signs of further whale strandings.

A pod of 28 long-finned pilot whales stranded on Farewell Spit yesterday high up the beach at the peak tide mark. Twelve died and the Department of Conservation made the decision to euthanize the remaining 16.

Project Jonah CEO Kimberly Muncaster says this stranding could be the beginning of a string of similar events and volunteers are watching bays and beaches for any sign of milling or stranded whales.

“It is very possible yesterday’s whales were from a much larger pod and it’s not uncommon to have a series of strandings in quick succession,” Kimberly says.

“Our Medics and members of the public are searching the area by foot, boat and car to prevent a possible repeat of yesterday’s sad event.”

Project Jonah Medics met at Triangle Flat at the base of Farewell Spit early this morning to co-ordinate their efforts monitoring the local coastline.

“We’re on the ground and the water doing all we can to prevent another stranding,” Kimberly says.

“We ask the public to be vigilant and keep a watch on the immediate coastline around Golden Bay, and if they can join the co-ordinated Project Jonah response we would be very pleased to see them.”

Volunteers should meet Project Jonah at Triangle Flat on Farewell Spit, but they must come prepared.

“They should bring wet weather gear, plenty of warm clothing, food, drink and sun protection,” Kimberly says.

“We don’t know what today is going to throw up, so people should be ready for any eventuality.”

Any sightings of pilot whales in the Golden Bay area should be reported to the Department of Conservation on 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) or 0800 4 WHALE (0800 494 253).

Long-finned pilot whales are small, black whales with a bulbous head. They are social animals and tend to travel in large groups. They are regular mass stranders on New Zealand shores, especially in the peak stranding season from November through to March.

##END##

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Asylum: Dunne Accepts Hundreds Of Postcards On Refugee Categories

Minister Peter Dunne today accepted over 800 postcards calling for convention refugees to have the same entitlements as quota refugees... The campaign has been run with ActionStation together with LUSH Cosmetics, with postcards being signed in stores around New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Reshuffle: PM Announces Changes To Ministerial Portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence. More>>

ALSO:

Q+A Transcript: CTU Call For 'National Standards' On Wages

‘If you look at countries who do better than us, who pay wages better, who have more competitive industries, more successful economies, they have systems where there are national standards.’ More>>

ALSO:

Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Health Workers Respond: People's Mental Health Report Released

The People's Mental Health Review reinforces a recent YesWeCare.nz survey of 6,000 health workers, which found nine in 10 believe they don't have the staff or resources to deliver the care Kiwis need when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

More Mental Health:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news