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Stranded whale successfully returned to open water

05/12/2011

A sperm whale stranded at Temma Harbour on the West Coast since Saturday has been successfully returned to open water.


Parks and Wildlife Service incident controller Chris Arthur said that calmer conditions assisted efforts this morning to move the whale to open water after it was left in a secure location within the harbour overnight.


“Attempts were made earlier this morning to move the whale into deep water, but it dislodged itself from the net and returned to the harbour. Shortly after that, it again left the harbour, swimming strongly to the south before we lost sight of it when it dove into deep water,” Mr Arthur said.


“We gave this whale every chance by looking after it in a safe location overnight and then using proven techniques of shepherding it out into deeper water with the assistance of a net and vessels.


“We are very pleased to get a successful result in this instance and we’d like to thank staff from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment and the local fisherman who made his vessel available for the rescue effort in this remote location.”


Mr Arthur said that the successful rescue highlighted the significance of early reporting of strandings to the Whale Hotline 0427 WHALES (0427 942 537).

Stranded whale successfully returned to open water

Calmer conditions today helped in assisting the sperm whale out of Temma Harbour.