Stranded whale saved
By MUGUNTAN VANAR
KOTA KINABALU: There were loud cheers and claps when divers and a tugboat finally towed a 24m-long Bryde's whale from shallow waters off Pulau Gaya near here last night.
The bruised and bleeding whale, called Luulumbo by the Kadazans, was towed out of the shallow waters to the South China Sea under the watchful eyes of concerned nature lovers, including divers from Scubazoo, who worked tirelessly to rescue the whale which had been trapped in the shallow waters since Thursday.
Relating how the whale was freed, Scubazoo operations director Simon Enderby, who was among those helping to tie the mammal to the tugboat, said: “It was an elating moment.”
Enderby, a senior diving photographer, said they first attempted to tie ropes on the whale's front pectoral fins and tow it out with tugboat Bina Satu at around 5pm.
“The ropes slipped off after we managed to move the whale some 100m,” said Enderby.
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