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Of all the species of whale, pilot whales are most often the ones which strand. This programme covers the tribulations and joys of rescuing them in the Golden Bay, the world’s number one hot spot for whale stranding. After a disastrous stranding in 1993, the Department of Conservation gets ready for the next one with new techniques, equipment and training of volunteers. When a pod of whales is seen in the bay, a new invention, the “bubble net” , is tried out to keep them away from the beach . This, combined with recorded whale calls to lure them out to sea , have the right effect.

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Year 1997

Reference number F49783

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image


Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Duration 0:25:00

Production company Natural History NZ

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Credits Producer: Marcus Turner
Field Director: Michael Hacking
Series Producer: John Hyde
Executive Producer: Andrew Neal
Production Manager: Anna Ormond
Camera: Barrington West
Camera: Peter Hudson
Editor: Marilyn McArthur
Editor: Libby Danks
Field Sound: Grant Lawrey
Field Sound: Adrian Kubala
Sound Mix: Adrian Kubala
Sound Mix: Errol Samuelson
Video Post Production: Gerry Browne
Video Post Production: Frank Lodge
Narrator: John Callen
Script: Nigel Zega
Script Consultant: Michael Donoghue
Script Editor: Clive Copeman
Additional Footage: Anson Grieve
Additional Footage: Nz Television Archive
Additional Footage: Wild Film
Additional Footage: Tv3 Ventures
Additional Footage: Paul Donovan
Executive Producer: Michael Stedman

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