Stranded whale gets back to sea

2012-07-29 13:20

Jakarta - Rescuers in Indonesia say they have led a beached sperm whale back to the sea after hordes of spectators blocked its return for days.

Pramudya Harzani from the Jakarta Animal Aid Network said on Sunday that dozens of navy divers and volunteers used 10 boats to pull the two-ton whale to deep waters late on Saturday.

The 12m whale washed ashore on Wednesday near West Java's Karawang beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers who posed for pictures with it. Rescuers tried to lead the whale to sea on Thursday, but it washed back to shore after fishing boats packed with paying passengers blocked it from swimming.

Harzani says the whale was scratched and bruised, apparently from people climbing on it. It re-floated and spouted water from its head before swimming to the ocean.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-29 18:48

    People are the absolute PITs. Thank goodness the poor whale was eventually towed out to sea but I don't think it's chances of survival are that great.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-29 18:50

    Hmmmm! Spouted water from its head - how unusual! They usually breathe through their blowhole!

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