Onlookers hamper whale rescue in Indonesia
INDONESIA: rescuers in Indonesia fought Friday to help a sperm whale
stuck in shallow waters to return to sea, as their efforts were hampered
by local residents arriving on boats and driving it back to shore.
The 11-metre (36-feet) whale has been stuck near Pakis Jaya beach in
West Java since Wednesday, said Benvika, a rescuer from the Jakarta
Animal Aid Network, which is leading the rescue bid.
"We almost set it free a few times yesterday, but the noise from the
engines of dozens of boats bringing in local residents confused and
disoriented the creature, and it couldn't swim out to sea," he told AFP.
"It is still breathing normally but losing a lot of energy," he said
by phone from the beach, 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of the capital
Jakarta. "It seems to have difficulty moving its tail, and we have to
work quickly to save its life," he said, adding 16 divers were involved
in the rescue effort. AFP