Entangled humpback whale has been freed
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IntroductionAt 3.30pm this afternoon DOC staff were able to cut free debris wrapped around the midriff and tail of a 12-metre humpback whale that they have been working with since 8.30 this morning.
Date: 29 September 2010
At 3.30pm this afternoon DOC staff were able to cut free debris wrapped around the midriff and tail of a 12-metre humpback whale that they have been working with since 8.30 this morning.
Immediately following its release, the whale headed steadily out to sea.
The freed humpback whale dives down
before heading out to sea at 17 knots
DOC staff on board the boat carrying out the operation, Mike Morrissey and Patrick Whaley, are absolutely delighted by the result.
Humpback whales are magnificent creatures, known for their beautiful song, acrobatics and inquisitive nature. They are classified as endangered. Without intervention, the whale would have died.
The procedure used to free it, called ‘kegging’ is a technique designed to minimise risk to people involved in an operation of this nature. Working so closely with an animal of this size and strength is potentially very dangerous. Mike Morrissey, who led the operation, has received specialised training in Australia on this technique and has had previous experience.
Ingrid Visser, an experienced orca expert, has been assisting the department throughout the 2 day operation. The department is very grateful for Ms Visser’s support.
More photos from the operation
Cutting the debris from the whale
Boat is approaching the tangled
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