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South African Whale Disentanglement Network

Published October 31, 2012 08:32

Since inception, TSITSIKAMMA CRYSTAL has generously donated funding to the DOLPHIN ACTION & PROTECTION GROUP (DAPG) specifically to assist the Group in running its SAVE THE WHALES campaign. Since 2006, after the formation of the SOUTH AFRICAN WHALE DISENTANGLEMENT NETWORK (SAWDN), a large percentage of this funding has gone towards buying disentanglement and safety equipment as well as assisting DAPG with SAWDN's administrative work.

Baby Humpback Disentangled at Brighton Beach

Baby Humpback Disentangled Brighton Beach

On 17 October 2012 residents watching 2 Humpback adults and a calf in the vicinity of the Brighton Beach called to say the calf may be entangled in the shark nets. By the time the whale release team arrived at the scene, the 2 adults had moved some distance away, but remained in the area of the calf. The calf appeared to be in a fairly healthy state and apart from a couple of attempted dives whilst cutting the net, did not react violently at any stage. All the netting was removed from the head region within 10-15mins and the left pectoral, which had a few strands of twine wrapped was then cut free. The baby Humpback swam off, did a roll and then sounded, surfacing some 300m offshore where the 2 adults were. All 3 animals continued to move quickly offshore.

With acknowledgement to the Natal sharks board which is a member of the South African Whale Disentanglement Network.

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