Mass Whale Stranding - Farewell Spit
Press Release 14th January
Mass Whale Stranding - Farewell
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.
trained Marine Mammal Medics have been mobilised to assist
the Department of Conservation with the rescue
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.”
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