AUSTRALIA: KILLER WHALE & CALF DIE AFTER BEING STRANDED ON BEACH
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Date: 17/11/1997 05:00 AM
Exmouth, Australia 17th November 1997
1. Bulldozer digging trench, beside stranded killer whale
2. Various of people covering whale with wet cloth and hosing it down
3. Zoom to tail of whale which is moving slightly
4. Track of bulldozer as it digs trench, pan to whale
5. Pan of long trench dug by bulldozer
6. People erecting tent over whale
7. Tide coming in and filling trench, pan along length of trench
8. Pan along trench to whale at far end
9. Tide coming in
10. People guiding the whale out to see when tide is in
11. Cutaway photographer
12. People guiding whale out to sea
13. Pan from spectators to people guiding whale out to sea
KEYWORDS: NATURAL HISTORY
A killer whale calf died and its mother was stranded after they beached themselves for a third time on Monday in northwest Western Australia.
The mother was eventually guided out to sea by volunteers when the tide came in.
The two were part of a pod of seven that became stranded on Sunday in a six-mile (10- kilometre) stretch of shallow water along the Exmouth Gulf.
Rescuers on Monday successfully shepherded a stranded killer whale towards the ocean near Exmouth, in Western Australia, after her calf died on the beach.
The baby whale died this morning after the two beached themselves for a third time.
Part of a pod of seven, the whales became stranded overnight after two efforts yesterday to guide them into deeper water were unsuccessful.
While volunteers kept the whale wet, and shaded her from the sun, a bulldozer dug a long trench from the waters edge to where the whale lay beached.
As the tide came in volunteers and officers from Department of Conservation and Land Management were able to guide the stranded mother into deeper water.
Tissue samples would be taken from the body of the calf, which is thought to have died of stress, before being buried on the beach.