British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue

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2008-09-23 17:36:24

Calshot Dehydrated 'Whale'

Calshot Dehydrated 'Whale'BDMLR Medics rushed all of 5ft to a dehydrated model whale on Calshot beach on Saturday 13th September. The 5 metre long model pilot whale started to rapidly lose water after becoming caught on a piece of metal hidden in the sand beneath the water. Medics tried their hardest to save the whale, as water gushed out, for at least 10 minutes trying to stop it from deflating but had to admit defeat soon after.

Trainee medics nearby watched as the rather dehydrated whale was removed from the sea and packed away. A suitably large replacement human whale was found for the training exercises with experienced medics even remembering to keep the whale wet - thank you guys!

Despite this final group of trainee marine mammal medics having to make do with a human whale, which was successfully refloated and luckily released, the course was a great success and fun was had by all - well, almost all!

Big thanks to all the instructors and helper who attended Calshot.

Trevor Weeks
National Co-ordinator
British Divers Marine Life Rescue