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WHALE RESCUE  | Published: 28 September 2021

Juvenile humpback whale freed from fishing rope

When reports of a juvenile humpback whale caught in a fishing rope inside of the Port of Gqeberha were received by the South African Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN), a group of volunteers immediately sprang into action. ...

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WHALE RESCUE  | Published: 12 August 2021

SAWDN - Gqeberha: Whale assisted in a disentanglement operation

At 09h29, Tuesday, 10 August, SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) volunteers launched from NSRI Gqeberha sea rescue base aboard two NSRI Gqeberha sea rescue craft, JLT Rescuer and Spirit of Surfski 4, following eye-witness reports of a whale entangled in ...

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WHALE RESCUE  | Published: 23 July 2021

Whale disentanglement training

One of the key pillars of the NSRI is care of the environment, and this includes our ocean’s animal and bird life. Our crews are actively involved in whale disentanglements, but these intricate – and often high-risk – operations require ...

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WHALE RESCUE  | Published: 11 July 2021

Port Alfred – Whale close to shore investigated

Gerrit Cloete, NSRI Port Alfred duty coxswain, said:At 11h57, Saturday, 10 July, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated to investigate reports of a whale close to shore in the vicinity of East Beach, Port Alfred.Since Tuesday, 6 July, NSRI ...

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WHALE RESCUE  | Published: 11 June 2021

Whale released from entanglement in Dassen Island

Andre Livingston-Louw, SAWDN team leader, said:At 09h40, Thursday, 10 June, SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) volunteers and NSRI Yzerfontein sea rescue crew launched from Yzerfontein harbour aboard the NSRI Yzerfontein sea rescue craft Rotary Onwards following reports from a research ...

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WHALE RESCUE  | Published: 11 November 2020

Whale rescue: a tricky – but rewarding – business

The NSRI has been involved in whale disentanglement operations since 2006. Since then, around 140 volunteers have been trained in the specific procedures necessary to assist the whales. There are 21 ‘disentanglement stations’ around the country, 18 of which are ...

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WHALE RESCUE  | Published: 6 September 2020

SAWDN - Britannia Bay - Sunday, 6 September. Whales assisted

At 10h33, Sunday, 6 September, SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) volunteers from NSRI Mykonos towed the sea rescue craft Spirit of Rotary - East London to St Helena Bay harbour where the sea rescue craft was launched and headed towards ...

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WHALE RESCUE  | Published: 3 September 2020

There’s nothing quite as rewarding as setting a whale free

Kelly-Ann Irving, NSRI volunteer and deputy station commander at Station 26 (Kommetjie), has trained with the South African Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) to rescue whales using specialised techniques and equipment. We chat to her fascinating work... ...

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WHALE RESCUE  | Published: 6 May 2020

Scarborough - Wednesday, 06th May. Response to entangled whale appearing to be in distress:

SCARBOROUGH:Ian Klopper, SAWDN team leader, said:At 16h31, Wednesday, 06th May, SAWDN (SA Whale Disentanglement Network) were activated following reports from a Scarborough resident of a whale appearing to be entangled in fishing rope and in distress off-shore of Scarborough.NSRI Kommetjie ...

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WHALE RESCUE  | Published: 26 March 2020

Kommetjie - Tuesday, 24th March. Juvenile whale assisted in disentanglement operation:

SAWDN (South African Whale Disentanglement Network) volunteers were alerted at 16h26, Tuesday, 24th March, following reports of a whale dragging a buoy and rope in the vicinity of Kommetjie approximately 1.5 nautical miles North West of the Slangkop lighthouse. ...

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