Fresh bid to save stranded whale
September 4, 2011
A second attempt to refloat a beached humpback whale will be made today after yesterday’s failure to rescue it at the midday high tide.
Members of the public found the 10-metre juvenile humpback at Currarong beach, near Jervis Bay, on the NSW south coast, yesterday morning.
Rescuers from from ORRCA, the navy, National Parks and Marine Parks dug a channel at high tide in the hope that the whale would be able to make its way into the water but it appeared to have been too shallow.
Shona Lorigan, a spokeswoman for the whale rescue group ORRCA said: ”The whale was certainly trying. Obviously it is very stressed. Out of water, gravity comes into play with large organs pressing on each other.”
Vets and volunteers remained with the animal overnight. It was too dangerous to assist the whale during high tide in the early hours.
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