Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Whale rescued in Still Bay

By Mandisi Tyulu
20 January 2009

Yesterday the National Sea Rescue Institute volunteers launched their rescue craft, Walvan Rescuer, following a request for assistance from Cape Nature Conservation who was dealing with a beached baby Pigmy Sperm Whale at the main beach in Still Bay.

NSRI’s Craig Lambinon says that the Cape Nature Conservation officials and NSRI volunteers encouraged the whale into the surf but a shallow water sand-bank in the surf-line prevented the whale from reaching deeper water.

Lambinon says, the rescuers were forced to load the whale onto Walvan Rescuer and transported the whale, which appeared to be strong and healthy, to deeper water where it was released.

Lambinon says that, once released the whale swam into the ocean and appeared to be fine.


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