Happy ending after whale is beached in Still Bay

2016-07-04 22:48
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Still Bay – Drama unfolded on Monday when a pilot whale beached twice in Still Bay.

National Sea Rescue Institute Still Bay duty crew, Cape Nature Conservation and the South African Police Service (SAPS) responded to the Blombos Private Nature Reserve where witnesses reported a whale stuck on the beach.

Members of the public helped the responding teams keep the whale wet while a trench was dug to help the animal back into the ocean when high tide struck.

According to Enrico Menezies, NSRI Still Bay station commander, swimmers assisted the whale through the breakers until it could swim off on its own.

Unfortunately the it found itself on the beach again shortly afterwards.

The whale was again assisted to deeper water by NSRI swimmers until it seemed to gain strength and started swimming strongly.

"The rescue teams are cautiously optimistic that the whale has survived this ordeal. It remains unknown what caused the whale to beach and the whale had no signs of any visible injury," Menezies said.

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