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Mass Whale Stranding - Farewell Spit

Press Release 14th January 2014

Mass Whale Stranding - Farewell Spit

A mass stranding of pilot whales has taken place at Farewell Spit. 60 pilot whales were discovered stranded this morning, and Department of Conservation staff were able to successfully refloat 47 of the animals. 13 animals remain stranded on the beach.

Project Jonah trained Marine Mammal Medics have been mobilised to assist the Department of Conservation with the rescue response.

Project Jonah General Manager, Daren Grover, warns that although 47 animals have already been refloated, there is a risk that the whales may re-strand so efforts are concentrated on both the animals on the beach and those in the waters nearby.

“It’s absolutely devastating to see so many of these whales stranded but we’ll do our best to save as many as we can,” says Project Jonah General Manager, Daren Grover.

“We welcome the help of volunteers but we urge them to come prepared with gear for all weather conditions and plenty of warm clothing. We also request they bring any items that may assist with the rescue response such as buckets and sheets.”

Click here to make a donation to Project Jonah; or to learn more about becoming a Marine Mammal Medic.

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