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First response whale and dolphin rescue training

11/01/2011

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service will run a free first response whale and dolphin rescue training course at Marrawah Community Hall on Thursday, 13 January.


Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Bob Hamilton said that Tasmania is a hot spot for Australia’s mass whale and dolphin strandings and a quick and well informed response usually achieves the best possible outcome for the stranded animals.


“The training aims to equip members of the local community to join a First Response Rescue Team that can act quickly and decisively in the event of a stranding,” Mr Hamilton said.


“The recent dolphin stranding at Tatlows Beach at Stanley is a good example of how quick action by locals can be a critical factor in achieving a successful outcome. Eight dolphins were safely returned to the ocean following efforts by local community members, who went to their rescue along with Parks and Wildlife Service staff.”


The course includes theory and practice such as knowledge of whale and dolphin biology, why they strand and how they can be helped. A beach session will involve learning what to do at strandings and how to use whale rescue equipment including mats and pontoons.


The training is free of charge and is made possible by the contribution of Wildcare Inc and Cradle Coast NRM through the Caring For Our Country federal grants program. It will run from 9am to 4pm. Participants need to bring a wetsuit, lunch, snack, pen and paper and lots of enthusiasm.


Interested members of the public can contact Mr Hamilton on 0448 179 368 or 6457 1225 for further information and to book a place in the course.