Learn how to rescue a whale

By Peter de Graaf

Far Northerners keen to learn the skills necessary to rescue stranded whales have their chance to do so this Saturday.

A free workshop  is being run by Far North Whale Rescue on Saturday, October 6, from 10am to 3pm.

Participants will be trained to be whale rescue workers,learning to handle and refloat whales and how to use lifting frames and pontoons.

The trainees will meet at the Department of Conservation's Kaitaia offices at 25 Matthews Ave and carpool to the training location, which could be a local beach or Lake Ngatu, depending on tides and weather.

Participants should bring a wetsuit if possible, otherwise togs, towel and change of clothes.

A light lunch will be provided.

Register first  by emailin natashaleef@hotmail.com or calling (09) 409 3807.

The Far North is a hot spot for whale strandings.

The last large-scale rescues _ each involving several hundred people _ occurred a month apart in 2010 at Karikari Beach and Spirits Bay.

- Northern Advocate

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