Posted by: The ocean update | July 17, 2016

Beached whale returned to safety off Argentine coast

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Sunday, July 17th, 2016. NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A beached humpback whale has been successfully rescued off the Argentine coast after being in a state of peril for more than 24 hours. According to Argentine media reports, a hose was used to help drag the whale into open waters. Dozens of rescue workers participated in the effort. The mission succeeded in spite of a tide that was not quite as high as was originally hoped to help refloat the whale. The whale was reported to measure 15 metres (50 feet) in length, and weigh some 10 tons (Ed Sibylline : 25 – 30 is more probable), according to Argentine media reports. Whale sightings are rare in Buenos Aires, but the marine mammal is usually spotted in the country’s southern Vales Peninsula during whale season from September to March.

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Stranded No More : In the area, seismic survey by M/V OCEAN ENDEAVOUR , active as of July 9, 2016 around 1700 km from the stranding site. Humpback can travel at 4.8-14 km/hour speed, this distance could be covered in 5 days at max speed, longer at cruising speed.

Stranded No More : In the area, seismic survey by M/V OCEAN ENDEAVOUR , active as of July 9, 2016 around 1700 km from the stranding site. Humpback can travel at 4.8-14 km/hour speed, this distance could be covered in 5 days at max speed, longer at cruising speed.

Update : the whale has been discovered dead on monday, 18th.

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