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Name Pilot whale, long-finned
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Pilot whale, long-finned
Suborder Odontoceti
Family Delphinidae
Max. size - Male 6.7 m (21.9 ft)
Max. size - Female 5.7 m (18.7 ft)
Calf size 1.7-1.8 m (5.5-5.9 ft)
Max. weight - Male 2,300 kg
Max. weight - Female 1,300 kg
Calf weight 75 kg
Food primary food is squid, but known to take fish
Latin name Globicephala melas
Location Karikari Peninsula, Northland
Latitude -34.84350
Longitude 173.37905
At this rescue

Dr. Ingrid N. Visser – Whale Rescue Co-Founder

Dr. Ingrid N. Visser – Whale Rescue Co-Founder

Ingrid has attended numerous mass and individual strandings.  She is experienced in sampling and data collection at these events, and in the use of refloatation Rescue Pontoons and other rescue equipment.  She has served on the Board and was a trainer for another stranding rescue group.

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Jo (Floppy) Halliday – Whale Rescue Co-Founder

Jo (Floppy) Halliday – Whale Rescue Co-Founder

Floppy has attended multiple mass and individual strandings.  She is experienced in the use of refloatation Rescue Pontoons and other rescue equipment.  Floppy has served on the Board of another stranding rescue group where she was also a trainer and area coordinator.

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Jochen (John) Zaeschmar

Jochen (John) Zaeschmar

John has attended several mass strandings and is trained in stranding rescue techniques, including the use of refloatation Rescue Pontoons and other whale rescue equipment.

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Wendy Turner

Wendy Turner

Wendy has attended multiple mass and individual strandings and is trained in stranding rescue techniques, including the use of refloatation Rescue Pontoons and other whale rescue equipment.

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With special thanks to

To Big Wave productions for their documentation of this stranding for the international version of the documentary featuring Dr Ingrid Visser's research.

To Steve Hathaway for his underwater filming and assistance to move the whales once they were free-swimming.

To all the locals who willing gave their time and all those who also provided vehicles, tractors and trailers to help move the whales.

Location of Rescue

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