Efforts to save stranded sperm whale
In West java, karawang, Pantai Pakis, a 12 meter long sperm whale stranded on july 25. That night the JAAN team went to the location and found the whale lying helplessly in undeep water at a distance of around 500 meters from the coast. That was a sad sight. Worse was, the disaster tourists attracted by the whale who came nearby with boats and children even ‘riding it’. The team was busy trying to keep people away, while making a plan to evacuate the beautiful marine mammal safely. These tourists really made rescue efforts almost impossible.
Stretchers were sown together to make a harnas that fitted the whale, carabins and ropes . The team awaited divers from Divemag Indonesia to assist with the rescue, but efforts failed, the boats that tried pulling the whale didn’t succeed, the waves were big and visibility bad. The team is still striving to bring the whale in to deep waters and the arrival of a tuk boat brought new hope this afternoon so efforts continue, and the whale is still fighting for her life.