07 August 2011

How to really save a whale

Turns out there are many ways to save the whales...

What to do if you find a stranded whale or dolphin
When confronted with a distressed wild animal, any half-decent human being wants to help. This is a natural and admirable impulse, but don’t launch a rescue mission if you’re not sure what you’re doing – you may well do more harm than good.

First on the scene call:
- Mike Meyer (MCM): Work 021 402 3174; After hours 021 790 267; Cell 082 578 761.
If he can't be contacted:
- Meredith Thornton: (Mammal Research Institute, Iziko Museum): Work 021 481 3854; Cell 082 746 5579
- Nan Rice: (Dolphin Action and Protection Group): All hours (021) 782 5845

If there are already people on the scene and you aren't sure if the authorities have been contacted, rather try calling:
- National Sea Rescue Institute: 082 380 3800
- Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA): 021 700 4140.


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