9 Feb 2012

Training for a whale rescue

From Our Changing World, 9:06 pm on 9 February 2012

project jonah

A well-stranded inflatable dolphin, ready for training, and PJ, the inflatable pilot whale, being 'rescued' by volunteers (images: Radio NZ)

Since its beginnings nearly 40 years ago as an anti-whaling movement, Project Jonah has campaigned tirelessly on behalf of marine mammals and the oceans they call home. When New Zealand rejoined the International Whaling Commission in 1976, the charity’s focus shifted to public awareness programmes and to acting as a watchdog on decision makers, but it is in its most public role, rescuing stranded whales and dolphins, that Project Jonah is best known. Teams of  volunteers can often be seen hard at work on our summer beaches. but saving whales is a complex business, and a little training goes a long way.