Whale stranding at Ripiro

A community rescue effort began last Sunday morning to save two stranded humpback whales believed to be a mother and calf, on Ripiro beach, just south of Baylys but was suspended overnight after volunteers were unable to refloat them from the sandbar. At press time on Monday, staff from DOC, Project Jonah and community volunteers were monitoring the sole survivor, assumed to be the calf’s mother, as they waited for the next high tide at 5pm. Large diggers were active on-site to dig a trench to provide a deeper area for the whale to swim out. “This is the first time a live stranding has occurred in the area, and the best possible outcome will be to float her back out to others sighted offshore,” said DOC operations manager, Stephen Soole. For more on this story Read: Ripiro beach whale strandings


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