Whale beaches after rescue attempt

2013-03-26 09:15
One of the pilot whales that died after beaching at Noordhoek, Cape Town. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

One of the pilot whales that died after beaching at Noordhoek, Cape Town. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

Only two of 19 beached whales survive

2013-03-25 09:57

Rescuers and marine conservationists in Cape Town spent Sunday frantically trying to save 19 beached whales. WATCH

Cape Town - One of five pilot whales released into the sea on Sunday afternoon has re-beached, the National Sea Rescue Institute said on Tuesday.

"The one beached again, that is the fourth one, on the False Bay coast. It had to be put down," spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

"The fifth one appears to still be at sea."

However, The Star reports that it had re-beached and was killed.

The pod of 19 pilot whales, mostly adults, beached at Noordhoek Beach in Cape Town on Sunday morning. A twentieth whale had managed to swim back into the surf.

Nine whales that were in poor health were euthanized on the beach. Another five died naturally.

Five others were transported to the Simon's Town naval base and taken out to sea. Three of them re-beached on Long Beach late on Sunday night and were euthanized.

Authorities involved in the operation meanwhile, will meet next week to discuss how to improve their methods, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

Environment department official Mike Meyer, of the Ocean and Coast branch, said the meeting would include volunteers, and city and law enforcement officials.

"There is always room for improvement. We'll look at the things that didn't go well," he said.

Meyer said one of the "hitches" of the operation was the number of people that had come to the beach.

Reaction time had been affected by a number of factors, including that not all emergency services staff were immediately available as it was a Sunday. According to the report, logistics regarding rescue vehicles and equipment had also been tricky.
Read more on:    cape town  |  marine life

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.