False killer whale saved after beaching itself in Falcon

False killer whale saved after beaching itself in Falcon

THE rescue of a false killer whale prompted an interagency response on a Falcon beach this morning.

A Department of Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman said the 3.1m whale was found stranded on a Falcon beach.

Attempts to move the whale out to sea were unsuccessful. Coordinator Marine Parks ranger Steve Goodlich decided to relocate the whale.

About 30 people, including volunteers, moved the whale to a flat bed trailer. The vehicle was driven on coastal backstreets under WA Police Traffic escort to the Port Bouvard marina.

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The whale was then latched onto a sling onto the side of a Department of Fisheries vessel.

The whale was taken out into deeper waters in the Dawesville Cut, but started to become loose.

Mr Goodlich said the decision was made to release the whale.

He said the rescue mission went well and the whale would be monitored.

The whale is currently in the Peel Harvey Estuary, near the Dawesville Cut.