Beached whale returns to sea

An NSRI rescue boat in action. Picture: Andrew Ingram/NSRI

CAPE TOWN – The National Sea Rescue Institute's (NSRI) Craig Lambinon said on Sunday they were cautiously optimistic after a sick whale returned to the sea after beaching in St Helena Bay near Saldanha Bay.

After the sixth attempt to get the whale into deeper water, the mammal finally dove into the ocean late Saturday afternoon.

Lambinon said attempts were made throughout the day to get the whale back in.

He said it is unknown why the animal beached, but says the mammal was in poor health.

“Our volunteers remained on the scene for about an hour and a half after the whale had disappeared.

“It hasn’t returned and the hopes are that it has returned to sea.”