Kiwis Save Baby Humpback Whale

A rescue team have “saved the life of a baby whale which was entangled in buoy lines off the coast of New Zealand’s capital”, as reported in The Daily Mail.

“It was entangled in the cray pots and the buoy. It was just a baby whale, a juvenile, and having difficulty and it was in a little bit of distress,” said Kyle Smith, part of the Wellington Police maritime unit.

The specialist whale rescue team was deployed from Kaikoura. Cutting the nine-metre long humpback whale took the team 4.5 hours.

When “they cut the lines off him (…) he swam away out to sea and he seemed pretty happy,” said Smith.

Article Source: Daily Mail, Nelson Groom, September 13, 2015.

Image Source: Twitter – Boat International

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Microbiologist Tanu Gupta Wins Basil Jarvis Prize

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