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


Stranded orca in Marlborough returned to the sea

13 November 2017

Stranded orca in Marlborough returned to the sea

An orca stranded on Marfells Beach in Marlborough since yesterday [Sunday] has been successfully refloated this afternoon and was swimming out to sea.

A pontoon was used to float the orca out to deeper water as the tide came in around 1.30pm. Once in deeper water, the orca was released and began swimming freely.

Department of Conservation Sounds Operations Manager David Hayes said DOC was very grateful for the considerable help given with rescuing the whale.

“We’ve had fantastic help with the orca from a large number of people, and we give a big thank you to them.

“Project Jonah marine mammal medics have helped in caring for the orca and Orca Research Trust and Whale Rescue members flew into Blenheim today to assist with the refloat.

“We’ve had 25 defence force personnel from New Zealand, the USA, Canada and Australia who’ve been a big help. They dug a trench, about 1 metre deep and about 20 metres long, to create a channel of deeper water in which to refloat the whale. They also assisted in getting the orca onto the pontoon and took part in refloating it.

“The defence force personnel are in Marlborough currently for Exercise Southern Katipo and were very keen to assist.

“We’ve also had other people come along to help over the two days the orca was stranded on the beach.”

The stranded orca was reported to DOC staff shortly after 10.30am on Sunday (12 November). DOC staff, a Project Jonah medic and several volunteers attempted to refloat the orca in the high tide shortly after 1pm but were unsuccessful.

DOC staff and Project Jonah medics stayed with the orca overnight and into this morning, keeping it cool and wet with buckets of seawater until it could be refloated close to high tide this afternoon.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Sam Uffindell’s Sorry Excuse For An Apology

Most of us believe in redemption and atonement… But the timing, the nature and the semantics of Sam Uffindell‘s apology for his role in a gang that beat a younger kid (reportedly) with wooden bed legs, has left much to be desired. The victim seems pretty clear about the motivation behind Uffindell’s apology, which came out of the blue 22 years after the event...


Auditor-General: Submission On The Water Services Entities Bill
We have published our submission to the Finance and Expenditure Committee on the Water Services Entities Bill. Because water services are critical to everyone, our focus is on how the public and Parliament are able to influence the performance... More>>

Luxon: Speech To The 2022 National Party Annual Conference

Kia ora! What a brilliant conference! The energy wave from this weekend will carry us right through to election year and I say: bring it on... More>>

National: Five Years Of Failure For Light Rail
Construction of light rail in Auckland might not begin until 2025 despite tomorrow marking five years since Jacinda Ardern announced it would be delivered to Mt Roskill by 2021, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says... More>>

Green Party: Abuse Revelations Leave No Choice But To Overhaul RSE Scheme
The Green Party is calling on the Government to overhaul the Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme in the wake of revelations of shocking human rights violations... More>>

Government: More Women On Public Boards Than Ever Before

“Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees is now 52.5 percent, the highest ever level... More>>

Te Pāti Māori: Debbie Ngarewa-Packer Calls On PM To Support Bill To Ban Seabed Mining

Te Pāti Māori Co-leader, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngā Rauru uri Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is today celebrating that her Prohibition on Seabed Mining Legislation Amendment Bill has been drawn from Parliament’s biscuit tin... More>>




InfoPages News Channels