Port Levy whale rescue update
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IntroductionA report from DOC Marine Officer, Laura Allum, confirms that 35 whales were successfully re-floated yesterday.
Date: 25 January 2010
DOC Marine Officer, Laura Allum, confirms, "The whales successfully re-floated yesterday—thanks to the combined effort of DOC and Christchurch City Council staff, generous locals and Project Jonah volunteers—are still safely out at sea."
"This is a great success that all those involved in the rescue should be pleased with, despite the sad deaths of 15 whales from the pod."
The rescued whales head out to sea
The stranded long-finned pilot whales were discovered in the bay by Port Levy locals early on Sunday morning. DOC and Christchurch City Council received outstanding help from the public enabling them to save 35 of the 50 that had come ashore.
In March, there will be an opportunity for those in the Christchurch area to learn exactly how they can help save stranded whales by attending the Project Jonah marine mammal medic training course. Visit www.projectjonah.org.nz for further information.