Emergency Stranding Helpline Appeal

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Surprised, overwhelmed, terrified! How would you feel if you came across a stranded four tonne whale on your morning stroll? And what would you do?

Being the first to discover a stranded whale can be a terrifying experience. But help is just a phone call away. Did you know our Emergency Stranding Helpline is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? It never goes unanswered!

I was on a call until 1am one Boxing Day advising on a whale stranding. Knowing that we helped was a great late Christmas present!

Not only can we mobilise medics when a stranding is reported to us but we also offer instant advice and support, specific to a stranding as it is happening.

But it costs money to run. Will you help us keep our helpline open by making a donation today?

“Calling the helpline meant we were able to save the stranded whale.”

‘I was with a couple of friends on Centre Island in the Foveaux Strait, when we came across a six metre long Pygmy Right whale rolling in the surf. Even as a trained medic I felt helpless as it was far too large for us to manoeuvre. I called the Project Jonah helpline for advice. Daren instantly gave us the help we needed. And it worked! After three hours, the whale was able to swim into the bay we were in. It swam a few circles close to shore then motored off into deeper water. We were all exhausted and soaked through but elated at the sight! I don’t think the outcome would have been so successful had we not been able to call the Project Jonah helpline for advice.’ Ron

We are the only charity in New Zealand with a specialist marine mammal stranding helpline (0800 4 WHALE) which is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The first few hours can be vital in determining the outcome of a stranding. Healthy whales

that have stranded can quickly die from heatstroke or even drown when the next tide comes in if not tended to quickly. A quick response gives the best chance of a successful re-float.

And with the summer stranding season nearly upon us it’s more important than ever that our helpline is operating so please donate today and help keep our helpline open.

Ngā mihi,

Daren Grover

General Manager, Project Jonah

P.S. The best way to ensure we are always able to answer the phone is with a regular gift. Regular gifts are hugely important to us, they allow us to plan for the future because we know, day in day out that we will have a steady income stream that we can rely upon.

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