Stranded dol­phins re-floated

The Northern Advocate - - Local News - Denise Piper

Con­cerns around a pod of dol­phins in North­land eased yesterday af­ter four that stranded were re­floated and headed out to sea.

The pod of around 40 com­mon dol­phins had au­thor­i­ties wor­ried at Tok­erau Beach, on the Karikari Penin­sula, af­ter they were dis­cov­ered ex­tremely close to shore.

Vol­un­teers from fur­ther afield gath­ered to as­sist lo­cals who were do­ing their best to en­cour­age the dol­phins back out to sea.

Pro­ject Jonah said in a state­ment shortly af­ter high tide at 9.30am the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion con­firmed four dol­phins had stranded, but were suc­cess­fully re­floated by lo­cals.

“Once the dol­phins were ap­prox­i­mately 20m off­shore, they were joined by up to 30 other dol­phins,” the state­ment said.

“The pod are now swim­ming far off­shore — only able to be seen with binoc­u­lars.

“Thanks to all who helped early this morn­ing.”

Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion se­nior ranger Shayne Storey said the com­mon dol­phins had been chased into the shal­lows by bot­tlenose dol­phins.

This was a usual in­ter­ac­tion, she said.

The pod of com­mon dol­phins, in­clud­ing in­fants, were close to strand­ing.

“Peo­ple here just floated them in the shal­lows,” Storey said.

The two pods of dol­phins sep­a­rated, with the bot­tlenose dol­phins later be­ing spot­ted in Man­gonui Har­bour.

She said there re­mained some con­cern a few of the com­mon dol­phins could be in­jured.

A team would be go­ing to the site to help as­sess the com­mon dol­phins, in­clud­ing DoC rangers, fire and emer­gency, a mem­ber from the de­fence force and a num­ber of lo­cal vol­un­teers.

Pro­ject Jonah gen­eral man­ager Daren Grover ear­lier said there wasn't any need for panic, as dol­phins of­ten came in close to shore.

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