Ingrid has attended numerous mass and individual strandings. She is experienced in sampling and data collection at these events, and in the use of refloatation Rescue Pontoons and other rescue equipment. She has served on the Board and was a trainer for another stranding rescue group.
Any large whale inside the Whangarei Harbour could be cause for alarm, hence the immediate response from Dr Visser. However, upon discovering that the whale was a Southern right whales and happily feeding, the Whale Rescue team settled down to watch the whale as it moved about the shallow waters.
Southern right whales are known to frequent bays, especially when they are mating and giving birth. This whale was clearly feeding as evidenced by the large plumes of mud it stirred up with its mouth. It was also very lively, breaching clear out of the water at one stage. This was the first time a Southern right whale had been recorded inside the Whangarei Harbour and it's sighting made the local newspapers.
|Name||Southern right whale|
|Max. size - Female||17 m (55.77 ft)|
|Calf size||4-5 m (13-16.5 ft)|
|Max. weight - Female||80,000 kg|
|Latin name||Eubalaena australis|
|Number of Whales||1|
At this rescue
With special thanks to
To Ian and Noleen Budd of Whangarei who called Whale Rescue to alert them about the whale inside the harbour.
Location of Rescue
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